Stuttgart 21 Protests Merkel's Water Cannon Politics

The battle over the rebuilding of the central train station in Stuttgart, Germany, has escalated massively. Angela Merkel has pushed strongly for the project this week, and the harsh response by police to protesters could come back to haunt both the chancellor and her party.
A police water cannon fires into the crowd at a protest over the bitterly contested Stuttgart 21 project in the southern German city.

A police water cannon fires into the crowd at a protest over the bitterly contested Stuttgart 21 project in the southern German city.

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Photo Gallery: Police Crackdown in Stuttgart
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Photo Gallery: Police Crackdown in Stuttgart

Roland Nelles is SPIEGEL ONLINE's Berlin bureau chief.