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File photo of Hannelore Kraft, Social Democratic (SPD) premier of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) frowning during a SPD nomination party congress in Duesseldorf March 31, 2012, for the upcoming May 13, 2012, state elections in NRW. Under Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany has forced high-debt countries like Greece, Ireland and Portugal to accept painful austerity as a condition for financial aid. Spain and Italy are also making unprecedented budget cuts in a desperate bid to avoid bailouts. But in NRW, a rust-belt state whose debt has swelled to a record 180 billion euros ($237.74 billion), the electorate is rejecting Merkel's message of fiscal responsibility and embracing the SPD's go-slowly approach, which promises investments in children, education and NRW's ailing cities. TO GO WITH STORY GERMANY-ELECTION/DEBT REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/Files (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS HEADSHOT BUSINESS)