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Merkel makes appeal for time to solve crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to business leaders at the World Economic Forum to give policy makers the space they need to tackle the debt crisis, pledging that Europe will pull together and restore confidence.

?I would like to ask all of you who are here as the representatives of the business community? to recognize how democratic governments work and to ?please take the long-drawn- out processes with a degree of acceptance,? Merkel said in a question-and-answer session after opening the forum on Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland.

Merkel?s comments underscore her shift in approach to taming the debt crisis now in its third year, having ditched rhetoric about conducting a ?battle? between markets and politicians. At the same time, Merkel rejected adding any new money to fight the crisis and reiterated the need to curb debt and deficits while boosting competitiveness as the main thrust of her strategy to keep the 17-nation euro area together.

?Europe will become more attractive once we have conquered this crisis, and I?m absolutely convinced that we will be able to master this crisis,? she said. European leaders will discuss measures to raise competitiveness and create growth and jobs at their Jan. 30 summit and again in March, she said.

Private Meeting

Merkel was speaking after she held a private meeting with chief executive officers who are members of the World Economic Forum?s International Business Council. Among those to attend were David Rubenstein, co-CEO and co-founder of private equity firm Carlyle Group, and JPMorgan Chase