22:25 GMT13 April 2021
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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is responsible for plunging Europe into "catastrophic austerity" and for the "rising popularity of far-right groups," Owen Jones, British columnist and left-wing political activist wrote on Twitter.

    Owen Jones, a columnist for The Guardian and a left-wing activist, argued that Angela Merkel "bears chief responsibility" for the negative consequences of austerity measures, such as mass unemployment, the rise of right-wing groups and "decimated public services."

    "Her government isn't woke, it's a catastrophe for Europe," Jones wrote.

    He stressed that decisive reforms are necessity to restore stability within the EU; otherwise the continent is in danger of plunging into chaos.

    "It's possible to support the European Union without supporting a) the German government or b) the disastrous rules governing the eurozone which have caused economic and social ruin," he wrote.

    Jones' remarks have stirred a mostly perplexed reaction among social media users.


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