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ECB's Mersch says 'the worst is behind us' for euro zone

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The worst of the euro zone's economic troubles are behind it and the bloc can look to the future with confidence, European Central Bank Executive Board member Yves Mersch said on Monday.

"I think we should look to the future with confidence. I think there are reasons for that. I think the worst is behind us," Mersch said in a speech at the Euro Finance conference in Frankfurt.

(Reporting by Sakari Suoninen and Paul Carrel)