Aznar attacks 'extravagance' of Zapatero

16th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

16 February 2005, MADRID- Former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar attacked his Socialist successor Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero for his "extravagantly" raising the monthly minimum wage to EUR 513.

16 February 2005

MADRID- Former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar attacked his Socialist successor Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero for his "extravagantly" raising the monthly minimum wage to EUR 513.

"The Spanish economy needs a wide range of reforms to remain on the growth path and it does not seem as if things are moving in that direction," said Aznar.

He condemned the "the extravagant increase," that followed a rise to EUR 490 euros from EUR 460.

But the Spanish minimum wage remains one of the lowest in Europe and Zapatero intends to raise it to EUR 600 by the end of the current legislature in 2008.

Aznar, whose Popular Party lost a 14 March general election - he himself did not stand for a third term after election wins in 1996 and 2000 - told an economic forum that "the government is doing nothing" to boost the economy, which he said was becoming stifled and headed for paralysis.

The pro-Washington Aznar meanwhile lauded the "flexibility of US economic policy" which he said had enabled the United States to increase its competitive advantage.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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