Germany's Merkel walks part of pilgrimage route in show of unity with Spain
Published on Aug 25, 2014 1:46 AM
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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