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Germany's Merkel walks part of pilgrimage route in show of unity with Spain

Published on Aug 25, 2014 1:46 AM
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy walking on the Saint James Way, near the village of Pedrouzo, some 10km from Santiago de Compostela, on August 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel walked along the pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela on Sunday under bright sun in a highly symbolic show of unity with Spain and its arduous path to economic recovery.

Merkel, 60, joined Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on the route as she prepared for a European Union summit on Saturday to decide who gets the top jobs in the 28-nation bloc for the next five years.

The two leaders took about an hour to walk a 6km stretch of the pilgrimage trail between the villages of O Pedrouzo and Lavacolla, near the airport at Santiago de Compostela.

Merkel, who wore white trousers and a white shirt, and Rajoy, 59, who was casually dressed in jeans and a blue shirt, talked as they walked at a brisk pace escorted by bodyguards.

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