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Spain’s PP Says Bailout Not Needed, Calls on EU for Support

June 04, 2012

Spain doesn’t need an international bailout, the deputy leader of the ruling People’s Party said, and she called on European institutions to support the nation in return for following their recommendations.

“Given that Spain, the Spanish authorities and Spanish people are complying with their responsibility, the European institutions should respond to the countries that are doing what those same European institutions say must be done,” Maria Dolores de Cospedal told reporters in Madrid today.

Spain’s five month-old government is struggling to calm speculation it will need to seek a bailout as German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said today it’s up to the Spanish government to decide whether it needs help. Bankinter SA (BKT) Chief Executive Maria Dolores Dancausa broke with the government’s position on June 1, saying there may be no alternative to a European rescue.

“Spain is capable of getting out of this on its own,” Cospedal, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s deputy in the party, said today.

Rajoy has repeatedly called on European institutions to support Spain, and urged the European Central Bank specifically on May 24 to help make public debt “sustainable.” The ECB started buying Spanish debt in August to bring down yields and data show Spanish lenders were among the biggest beneficiaries of the central bank’s 1 trillion euros ($1.2 trillion) of three- year loans offered in December and February.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emma Ross-Thomas in Madrid at erossthomas@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Craig Stirling at cstirling1@bloomberg.net


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