German chancellor Angela Merkel is refusing to back down from her push to force private investors to share the burden of the euro debt crisis, which helped send Irish borrowing costs to record levels.
Speaking in Seoul, where she is attending the G20 summit, Dr Merkel acknowledged her demands have upset the markets but insisted it was unfair for taxpayers to be saddled alone with the cost of sovereign rescues. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Let me put it simply: in this regard there may be a contradiction between the interests of the financial world and the interests of the political world,Ã¢â‚¬Â Dr Merkel said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We cannot keep constantly explaining to our voters and our citizens why the taxpayer should bear the cost of certain risks and not those people who have earned a lot of money from taking those risks.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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