German Chancellor Angela Merkel came to power by promising to lighten the tax burden, but the economic downturn put that effort on the back burner, according to Der Spiegel. The government is pressing for a long list of tax increases, including a bigger deduction from paychecks. Merkel wants to slash Germany's budget deficit quickly, but walking away from her campaign promise is starting to cause discontent among political parties in the coalition government, analysts said.

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