Germany signals will continue EU austerity drive

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy give a joint press conference after their meeting in Santiago de Compostela, on August 25, 2014Germany strongly signalled Monday it will continue to push for fiscal austerity in Europe alongside Spain, even as France was thrown into political turmoil over its economic policy. German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Madrid’s austerity drive during a visit to Spain and gave her powerful backing to the country’s economy minister in his bid to lead the Eurogroup forum of finance ministers.

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