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Franco-German Youth Jobs Push Seen Hinging on Company Credit

Germany and France said companies in struggling euro-area countries need cheaper credit to create jobs and ease youth unemployment, as Europe’s two biggest economies seek a joint response to the debt crisis.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, his French counterpart, Pierre Moscovici, and Werner Hoyer, who heads the Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank, all singled out higher company financing costs in southern Europe as an obstacle to economic recovery at a meeting in Paris today.