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Merkel appeals for European solidarity, rejects "debt union"

(Xinhua)

16:24, September 04, 2012

BERLIN, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel presented a passionate appeal for solidarity among eurozone nations countries in a speech on Monday, rejecting the notion of a "debt union."

Addressing crowds at the ongoing Gillamoos folk festival in the southern German province of Bavaria, Merkel said countries such as Greece, Portugal and Spain were going through a difficult period and "deserve our solidarity."

"We wish them to be able to overcome these difficulties," she said in her 30-minute speech to some 3,000 people in one of the beer tents at the festival.

CSU General Secretary Alexander Dobrindt, who accompanied Merkel on her appearance at the festival, recently triggered intense criticism when he said Greece leaving the eurozone was inevitable, even from within the ruling centre-right coalition.

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