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EU recovery fund: Germany abandons years of thrift for deal

The Macron-Merkel plan is unpopular in some conservative circles in Germany.

Economic prudence has been central to Germany’s political image and the way it hoped to lead Europe.

But the coronavirus pandemic has forced Chancellor Angela Merkel to make a drastic change towards spending.

Al Jazeera’s Dominic Kane reports from Berlin.