EZ Ministers Reach Tentative for Failing Banks

Euro zone finance ministers have reached a tentative agreement that would create a backstop to the EU’s new bank rescue system in case it runs out of money in an emergency. The deal, characterised as a “crucial breakthrough”, opens the way for an overall blueprint for dealing with failing lenders.

The “common position”, reached after seven hours of talks that stretched into the early hours of Wednesday morning, will allow governments in need of extra funding to recapitalise or wind-down failing banks to access financing outside new bank-financed rescue funds – a key demand by a Paris-led group of euro zone countries that was resisted by Germany.

“We have reached a crucial breakthrough,” said Olli Rehn, the EU commissioner in charge of economic affairs, adding that it should allow finance ministers from all 28 countries to reach a final deal on Wednesday and a “peaceful Christmas.”

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