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EU centre-right rallies ahead of crisis summit

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EU centre-right rallies ahead of crisis summit


Ahead of the crunch EU summit on Friday, the European Parliament’s bloc of centre-right parties are meeting in Marseilles to try to find common ground on resolving the eurozone crisis. The EPP wants to create a framework for an agreement at the Brussels summit.

The French prime minister, François Fillon, said delegates to the EPP “Must be the force to relaunch the European idea.”

The Marseilles gathering will be attended by centre-right leaders including Nicholas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel.

Antonio Lopez-Isturiz, the EPP’s Secretary General, said: “We want to take the initiative now and to give solutions. We want to create the foundation today. That’s what German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy and so many other leaders — like the newly appointed prime minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy — are now meeting to achieve. We want to bring up these solutions.”

At the very least the meeting should reveal how much progress the leaders have made in narrowing their differences.

Our correspondent in Marseilles said: “The euro crisis is dominating the 20th EPP congress, which is to be expected considering the imminent summit in Brussels and the fact that the crisis has already brought down several leaders and governments.

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