Europe's stock indices have pointed upwards in end-of-week trading, continuing their gains in recent days. The bullish mood has been backed by political comments about the eurozone's ability to cope with the crisis.
European shares hit a five-month high on Friday, with Germany's blue-chip DAX 30 again rising above the psychologically important 7,000-point level. The DAX briefly broke through that threshold a day before for the first time since April.
European stock markets were following on from a strong showing on Thursday, spurred by data that indicated the US economy was showing more solid signs of recovery.
All eyes on Frankfurt
Stocks on Friday were driven by remarks by German Chancellor Angela Merkel who voiced support for European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's crisis-fighting strategy. Merkel urged her European partners to move swiftly towards a closer integration of fiscal policies, while saying that time was running short.
"Generally the news flow has been positive for risk sentiment and the appraisal of the policy response in the eurozone," said Exane BNP Paribas Equity Strategist Ian Richards.
Investors appeared confident that the ECB would not waste any time in taking more emergency measures to curb the enduring eurozone debt drama.
hg/msh (AFP, Reuters)