Spain's Salgado says quick action needed on Greece

July 14, 2011 09:40


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BERLIN - Euro zone countries must take quick action to resolve Greece's debt crisis to prevent contagion from spreading through the currency bloc, Spain's Economy Minister Elena Salgado said.

Speaking in an interview published in German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Thursday, Salgado said countries that share the euro would do all that was needed to guarantee the currency's stability, but that fast leadership was required.

"The markets attack all countries that have low growth or high debt, like Italy or Belgium," she said. "Therefore an answer must be quick, determined, and clear."

Euro zone officials have struggled even to set a date for leaders to meet to agree a way forward on the debt crisis, raising fears financial markets might exploit a policy vacuum with a new onslaught on the bloc's high debtors.

Investors fear that a Greek default would ripple through global markets, pushing up sovereign debt yields and weakening Europe's banking system, requiring more bank bailouts that would stretch public finances to the breaking point.

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