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Spain's government approves 2011 austerity budget

The Spanish government has approved an austerity budget, including a tax rise for the rich and 8% spending cuts.

Presenting the details, Finance Minister Elena Salgado described the outline 2011 budget as "austere".

Madrid has promised European counterparts that it will cut its deficit to 6% of its gross domestic product (GDP) next year, from 11.1% last year.

EU governments are all targeting maximum 3% deficits by 2013 in order to contain the continent's debt crisis.

Phil Minshull reports.

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