Rajoy backs ruling conservatives ahead of election

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday threw his weight behind his Greek counterpart Antonis Samaras ahead of general elections on January 25 while stressing the need for Greece to stay the course of economic reforms.

Speaking after a meeting with Samaras at the government headquarters in Athens, Rajoy said cost cutting reforms in Greece and Spain were “bearing fruit.”

“Greece and Spain were both hit by a major crisis, both countries implemented tough and painful reforms which were however necessary to build solid economies,” Rajoy said.

“If we stay on the same good path, we will further grow our economies. What we need right now is stability and certainty, and no instability, and we need Europe,” said the Spanish premier who also faces general elections as early as this year.

Rajoy said Samaras was “a true leader” before the Greek premier thanked the Spanish people for their solidarity towards Greece.