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Merkel walks part of pilgrimage route in Spain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel salutes people upon her arrival at the Obradoiro Square in Santiago de Compostela, on August 24, 2014German Chancellor Angela Merkel walked along the pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela on Sunday under bright sun in a highly symbolic show of unity with Spain and its arduous path to economic recovery. Merkel, 60, joined Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on the route as she prepared for a European Union summit on Saturday to decide who gets the top jobs in the 28-nation bloc for the next five years. The two leaders took about an hour to walk a six-kilometre (3.7-mile) stretch of the pilgrimage trail between the villages of O Pedrouzo and Lavacolla, near the airport at Santiago de Compostela. Her two-day visit to the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela coincides with signs of a gradual, yet jobs-scarce economy recovery in Spain since it emerged from recession in mid-2013.

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