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Spain set for economic reforms

Spain is bracing itself for economic reforms, the aim of which is to avoid the need for Brussels to place further conditions on an international bailout request.

A strict budget is also expected to be announced for 2013 by the embattled Iberian nation, with some ministries seeing up to one-third shaved off their spending power, Reuters reports.

Mariano Rajoy, Spain's prime minister, said the nation knows what needs to be done in order to rectify the situation and is currently pressing ahead with what is required.

Mr Rajoy, who was speaking while visiting New York for the United Nations General Assembly, noted: "We also know this entails a lot of sacrifices distributed ... evenly throughout Spanish society."

The prime minister is eager to address the huge deficit faced by the country, with falling tax revenues in a recession making his job all the more difficult, while protests have also been staged on the streets of Madrid.

By Asim Shah