German Chancellor and CDU leader Merkel delivers her speech during the first day of the CDU party meeting...
German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel delivers her speech during the first day of the CDU party meeting in Stuttgart December 1, 2008. Merkel said on Monday her government would not take part in a "senseless" competition to find ways of spending billions
of euros to boost the flagging economy. Merkel has faced sharp criticism across Europe and from
among her own conservatives for her response to the global economic crisis. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY)