Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou gestures during a press conference in Athens, Greece, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. Papaconstantinou outlined a recovery plan meant to extract Greece from a major debt crisis that has alarmed its EU partners and international markets, on which the country depends for borrowing. He said the budget deficit will be reduced from 12.7 percent in 2009 to 2.8 percent in 2012, through spending cuts and increased tax revenues, while the crippling debt will start to be reduced in 2012 and the economy will exit a 2-year recession in 2011. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis) (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)
January 19, 2010 5:41:44 AM PST
By AOIFE WHITE, AP Business Writer
BRUSSELS - January 19, 2010 --
The European Union expressed confidence Tuesday that Greece will pull itself out of a debt crisis that has highlighted the flaws of Europe's shared euro currency.