German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during the synod of the German Protestant church at Timmendorfer Strand, northern Germany, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Germany's ruling cente

 

              German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during the synod of the German Protestant church at Timmendorfer Strand, northern Germany, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during the synod of the German Protestant church at Timmendorfer Strand, northern Germany, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Germany's ruling center-right coalition has decided to increase childcare benefits, spend more money on transportation projects and end an unpopular medical charge less than a year before a general election, officials said Monday. The measures _ costing more than euro3 billion ($3.9 billion) per year _ come at a time when German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble are urging other European nations to rein in spending and cut back public debt. (AP Photo/dapd, Olaf Malzahn)