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EU summit: Merkel challenged on growth strategy

EU leaders have started summit talks in Brussels with Germany resisting pressure to launch eurobonds as a way to ease the eurozone crisis.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said the bonds, pooling eurozone debt, would violate EU treaties and would "not contribute to kick-starting growth".

France's President Francois Hollande says he wants discussion of eurobonds - and the Irish PM Enda Kenny said the idea would be on the table.

The summit is focusing on growth

Gavin Hewitt reports.

  • 23 May 2012
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