For first time, eurozone ministers are being asked to justify spending plans to each other.
Serves as another reminder that Europe's fledgling economic recovery is less than robust.
The national statistical authority said 1.36 million people were without a job in July, up 10% from a year earlier.
Data provides compelling evidence that the bloc's recovery from recession has become broad-based.
Possible need for further aid has proven a politically toxic issue in creditor countries like Germany.
French President Francois Hollande on Friday called for deeper cuts in European Union carbon dioxide emissions as he sought to put the environment back at the top of the international agenda.
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