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Germany confident Lisbon will stick to agreed reforms
July 3, 2013 / 11:01 AM / 4 years ago

Germany confident Lisbon will stick to agreed reforms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel chats with German government spokesman Steffen Seibert (R) before the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin in this September 19, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is confident Portugal will stick to reforms agreed with international lenders in return for a bailout, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said on Wednesday, as the political crisis in Lisbon deepened.

“The government is confident Portugal will stick to the agreed reform path and will support that path,” said spokesman Steffen Seibert, describing its efforts so far as impressive. “The government knows it’s a very difficult path but because it goes to the roots of the problems, it will lead to success.”

Two more Portuguese ministers from the junior ruling coalition party were ready to resign on Wednesday, Portuguese media said, deepening turmoil that could trigger a snap election and derail Lisbon’s exit from an EU/IMF bailout.

Reporting by Alexandra Hudson and Noah Barkin; Writing Annika Breidthardt; Editing by Stephen Brown

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