03 Feb '11, 12pm

Germany's Merkel denies euro is in crisis

Germany's Merkel denies euro is in crisis

MADRID: German Chancellor Angela Merkel headed to Spain on Thursday insisting the debt woes of a few European nations do not amount to a crisis for the euro. The German leader also stood by her refusal to countenance a common eurozone bond to bail out troubled European Union members in an interview with Spain's public broadcasters. Rather, she said, other EU nations should follow Berlin's example of austerity. Merkel praised Spain's economic, fiscal and banking reforms ahead of a summit with Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, at which the leaders plan to deliver a united message in support of the euro. Her comments came on the eve of an EU summit in Brussels where the debt crisis in parts of the 17-nation single currency area will be a key focus. The government in Germany, Europe's strongest economy and the paymaster of the EU, is under pressure from voters reluc...

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