The European Union made clear yesterday it would not abandon Greece and let its mounting debt crisis jeopardise the eurozone, even as Germany and France played down suggestions they had already formulated an emergency rescue plan.
“It's quite clear that economic policies are not just a matter of national concern but European concern,” José Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, told reporters in Brussels.
“很显然，经济政策不是一个国家的问题，而是整个欧洲的问题，”欧盟委员会(European Commission)主席若泽•曼努埃尔•巴罗佐(Jose Manuel Barroso)在布鲁塞尔向记者们表示。
According to high-level EU officials, Greece would in the last resort receive emergency support in an operation involving eurozone governments and the Commission but not the International Monetary Fund.
Eurozone countries and EU authorities are reluctant to spell out how they would assist Greece, for fear that it would relax pressure on Athens to attack its problems and unsettle rattled financial markets.
The immediate priority is for Athens to demonstrate that it is serious about cutting public expenditure, improving tax collection, publishing reliable financial statistics and tackling corruption, the officials said.
“Greece has to sort this out itself. That is the issue,” a French official said.
Mr Barroso said “the best way to help Greece is for Greece to respect its obligations under the stability and growth pact”, a reference to the EU's fiscal rules.
巴罗佐称，“帮助希腊的最佳方法就是让希腊履行其根据《稳定与增长条约》(stability and growth pact)所承担的义务”，该条约是欧盟的财政规则。
His message was echoed by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spain's prime minister, who said: “The euro club is a strong club with strong ties and reciprocal support. Let no one be mistaken about that.”
西班牙首相何塞•路易斯•罗德里格斯•萨巴特罗(Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero)也表达了类似的观点，他说：“欧元俱乐部是一个强大的俱乐部，成员关系紧密、相互支持。任何人都不要搞错这一点。”
They were speaking as anxiety over Greece rose in financial markets, driving Greek bond yields up to 7.25 per cent, closing on Hungary, a non-eurozone state bailed out by the EU and the IMF in 2008.
Greek yields have risen by more than one percentage point this week and by three percentage points since October.
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