BERLIN : Chancellor Merkel urged EU countries to carry out further structural reforms, saying Germany could only remain in good shape if the European economy recovers.“That’s why it’s very much in Germany’s interest to do everything it can to ensure other states implement structural reforms, that budgets are made solid and that economic activity is stimulated in this way,” she said in a video podcast. Merkel, who will seek a third four-year term in an election due in Sept, praised progress made by the region so far.