Spain union leader backtracks on economic 'rescue'
A Spanish union leader backtracked on Tuesday on his comment that Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero had warned Spain was on the verge of an economic rescue.
The union leader, Ignacio Fernandez Toxo, had said the previous day that Zapatero warned unions August 17 that the economy was "in very bad shape, that he saw it sliding into the abyss, on the brink of rescue."
But on Tuesday the union chief backpedalled on his version of Zapatero's comments.
"It was an unfortunate attempt to summarize the explanation of a meeting that was called urgently in a very delicate situation," Toxo said in an interview with Onda Cero.
"With the background of that meeting, I put together two words that in the literal sense were not expressed by the president of the government," he added. "I do not think Spain has been on the verge of a rescue, nor that it is at the moment."
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