Merkel- reform drive everywhere must continue after ECB move

January 23, 2015 11:29 AM

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FLORENCE, Italy Jan 23 (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that the fervor for structural reforms everywhere in the euro zone, and not just in Italy, cannot be slowed down by the European Central Bank's decision to launch a government bond-buying programme.

"It's valid not only for Italy, but for everyone, that the ECB decision cannot be allowed to put the brakes on the fervor for reforms," Merkel said at a news conference in Florence, Italy with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

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