Budget discipline pact signed by 25 EU states

All but 2 European Union countries signed a treaty on tighter budget discipline for the euro zone on Friday, marking a coup for Germany which pushed for the accord to try to prevent a repeat of the loose spending that led to a debt crisis.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany signs the treaty on tighter fiscal discipline in Brussels Friday.

Only Britain and the Czech Republic did not sign the 'fiscal compact', under which countries in the euro zone are bound to write a 'golden rule' on balanced budgets into their national constitutions or equivalent laws, with automatic correction mechanisms if the rule is breached.

This stronger self-constraint ... as regards debts and deficits is important in itself, said Herman Van Rompuy, who, as President of the European Council, played a key role in negotiating an agreement acceptable to all signatories.

It helps prevent a repetition of the sovereign debt crisis, he said, in a speech at the signing ceremony.

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