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MADRID — Spain has no immediate need to ask for outside aid to help deal with its debts, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insisted Monday.

Spain, which is in recession for the second time in three years and is being weighed down by an unemployment rate of 25 percent, has been under pressure to tap a bond-buying program of the European Central Bank since it was announced in early September.

The plan was largely designed to keep a lid on Spain’s borrowing costs. Even without a request, Spain has won some respite in the markets on the anticipation that the country would soon make one.

From wire dispatches and staff reports