Victorious Merkel says euro crisis strategy won't change

23rd September 2013, Comments 0 comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called her party's election success a "strong vote" for a united Europe Monday, saying her anti-crisis strategy would not change.

"It was a strong vote for a united Europe," Merkel told reporters at her Christian Democratic Union's headquarters after it scored 41.5 percent Sunday, its best result since national reunification in 1990.

Asked if Germany would now be more flexible on its demands for structural reforms and balanced budgets from European partners, she responded: "Our course on European policy will not change."

"We must come out of the crisis stronger," she added.

Germany had been considered the "sick man of Europe" around a decade ago but is now "an anchor of stability" in the EU. "The others can also achieve that," she said.

As the leader of Europe's top economy, Merkel pushed for stricken eurozone countries to implement deep reforms and budget cuts in return for aid.

She was applauded by voters at home but ran into fierce criticism on the streets of countries such as Greece and Spain, struggling under debt piles and recession.

© 2013 AFP

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