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Europeans incredulous at U.S.’s inability to compromise

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BERLIN — A German newspaper columnist this week asked why people here were shocked by the American government stalemate that led to the recent shutdown.

After all, they’d seen it before: Republican insistence on scaling back the Affordable Care Act and the subsequent shutdown weren’t so very different from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s austerity insistence for Greece, and the subsequent Greek cutback crisis.

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