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Merkel Confident of ‘Ambitious’ Result at EU Summit on Oct. 26

October 22, 2011

Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she is confident that European Union leaders will produce an “ambitious” result at their summit on Oct. 26.

Talks are about “issues that in some cases are very complicated,” Merkel told reporters today in Brussels. She said “final decisions” will not come tomorrow’s meeting of EU heads of state and government; they will be taken at the follow-up session on Oct. 26, she said.

“I believe the finance ministers have made progress and that we will achieve ambitious goals on Wednesday,” Merkel said. “Still, these are difficult talks and it is important that Germany and France in particular take a very active part in the preparations. We are doing that.”

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