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Spain PM insists on sticking to austerity measures
MADRID—Spain will stick to harsh austerity measures until it emerges from financial crisis, the prime minister said yesterday, promising that the country would survive the present economic turmoil. Mariano Rajoy acknowledged that the country is experiencing turbulence, but said “we are not at the edge of a precipice, we will not sink.” The government has “the will to persevere in this line for as long as is necessary,” he said.
Spain, where unemployment stands at a Eurozone high of 24.4 per cent, has imposed spending cuts and tax hikes to escape a crisis many fear could eventually swallow other countries using the European single currency. Rajoy said yesterday that he supported the creation of a single European fiscal authority to uphold the credibility of the euro, and acknowledged that for this to happen it would be necessary for member states to “surrender more of their fiscal autonomy.”
He said that while it was possible Spain could have lived beyond its means, it was also true that those who are now criticising Spain—a reference.
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