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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero have opened the CeBIT trade fair in Hanover, the world’s biggest such event for telecommunications and information technology companies.

Zapatero was there because Spain is CeBIT’s official partner this year.

The show’s theme is “Connected Worlds” and the Spanish leader called for a “single digital market” for the European Union.

The electronics industry has suffered from the recession, but the German technology and telecoms association Bitkom, which organises the fair, is upbeat.

Bitkom’s President, August Wilhelm Scheer, said: “Consumers are buying computers, buying mobile phones, buying flat screen TVs. The ind