BERLIN, June 25 German Chancellor Angela Merkel
said on Wednesday that her coalition government agreed that
countries should use the flexibility built into Europe's
Stability and Growth Pact to promote growth, competitiveness and
"The German government agrees that the Stability and Growth
Pact offers excellent conditions for that, with clear guard
rails and limits on the one hand and a lot of instruments
allowing flexibility on the other," she told Germany's Bundestag
lower house of parliament.
"We must use both just as they have been used in the past."
(Reporting by Noah Barkin and Stephen Brown; Writing by