- "Unemployment in Spain stands at close to 20%"-BBC
"Ratings agency Moody's has said it may downgrade Spain's credit rating - warning of problems the country faces in refinancing its debts next year....
- Mrs Merkel has stressed Berlin's commitment to help its European partners, pledging that: "Nobody in Europe will be abandoned. Europe will succeed together."
But she has been an opponent of some suggested actions, including increasing the eurozone's 750bn euro bail-out fund or creating pan-European bonds to boost confidence in the euro....
- However, there has been criticism of some of the EU's key players who are seen as often dominating decision-making.
"I can only warn Germany and France against making a claim to power, which reflects
- a certain haughtiness and arrogance and disregards
the European principle of solidarity," Luxembourg's foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, told Die Welt newspaper."
- (Right, pal. ed.)