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Merkel urges euro-faith in New Year's address

The Local · 31 Dec 2010, 09:31

Published: 31 Dec 2010 09:31 GMT+01:00

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"Europe has faced a big test in recent months. We have to strengthen the euro. It is not just about our money. The euro is much more than a currency," Merkel said in her New Year's address.

"Fortunately, we Europeans are unified. A unified Europe is the guarantor for our peace and freedom. The euro forms the basis of our prosperity," she said.

"Germany needs Europe and our common currency, for our own well-being and also in order to overcome big challenges worldwide."

Germany is the biggest contributor to bailouts given to Greece and Ireland - there are fears others might also need help - putting Merkel under fire and denting the popularity of the euro among voters.

A poll published this week by the mass-circulation daily Bild, which was highly critical of the rescues of Greece and Ireland, found 49 percent of those polled wanted the Deutsche mark back.

"We Germans live up to our responsibilities, even if sometimes this is hard," Merkel said.

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The chancellor's address will be broadcast at 8:10pm on New Year's Eve on state channel ARD, and will be available to view online at 6pm.


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Your comments about this article

09:54 December 31, 2010 by storymann
Nice picture Chancellor Angela Merkel,your getting younger every year.
16:50 December 31, 2010 by danamcmahon
Happy New Year Lady Chancellor and have a great year.
19:12 December 31, 2010 by xx.weirich.xx
I adore this woman :)
19:37 December 31, 2010 by marimay
She needs someone to find her some clothes that fit properly and are not from the 80's.
21:36 December 31, 2010 by derExDeutsche
Germany 2010 =

Faith in God? No

Faith in Humanity? No

Faith in Family? No

Faith in Liberty? No

Faith in the Euro? Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!
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