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Candidates agree 2 tier EU is out of the question

Source: El Pais - Fri 11th Nov 2011

In a surprise move Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba and Mariano Rajoy found some common ground earlier this week in rejecting a suggestion by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that a two-tier European Union should be created.

"We are going to continue posting our bets for a strong Europe, the way it is currently designed," said Popular Party candidate Rajoy, who criticized any intentions of change but without mentioning his conservative French and German allies or the European People's Party (EPP) by name.

For the PSOE, Rubalcaba also dismissed calls for divisions within the EU. "Europe is going through a very complicated situation due to some guys who use their computers to speculate," he said. "When a country changes [a] left [government] for the right, things get worse. You can see that happening in Portugal and Great Britain."

The PP candidate maintained that he will reduce the current deficit from 6.0% to 4.4% of GDP, but in order to achieve this the party will need to apply 36 billion euros of cuts.

Rubalcaba again insisted that Spain needs to ask for a two-year moratorium to reduce its deficit, a proposal he announced earlier this week.

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