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Merkel calls for closer EU cooperation to rescue the Euro

Monday, January 2nd 2012 - 00:56 UTC
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The path to overcome the crisis remains long, said the German Chancellor The path to overcome the crisis remains long, said the German Chancellor

Europe must cooperate more closely if it wants the Euro to succeed as its shared currency, and it still has a long way to go to overcome its sovereign debt crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her New Year's Eve address.

She said that she would do everything in her power to strengthen the Euro, but that this would only work if Europe learned from its mistakes.

“A common currency can only really be successful if we in Europe cooperate more than we have done,” Merkel said in a pre-recorded televised address.

“Europe is growing together in the crisis” she said. “The path to overcoming this remains long and won't be free from setbacks, but at the end of it, Europe will emerge stronger from the crisis than it went into it.”

Merkel also said that while the German economy was doing well, next year would “without a doubt be more difficult than this one”.

Germany recovered swiftly from the 2008/09 financial crisis, but growth has eased in the last few months and many economists are now forecasting a mild slump for Europe's bulwark economy.

Categories: Economy, Politics, International.

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  • briton

    and you can both sod off,
    your mess, you clean it up.

    Jan 02nd, 2012 - 07:27 pm 0
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