Cyprus agreed to the outlines of an international bailout, paving the way for 10 billion euros ($13 billion) of emergency loans and eliminating the threat of default.
The accord between Cyprus and the “troika” representing international lenders was reached in overnight talks in Brussels and ratified by finance ministers from the 17-nation euro area.
“It’s in best interest of the Cyprus people and the European Union,” Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades told reporters.
The euro rose after the provisional agreement was struck that would make Cyprus the fifth country to tap a rescue since the euro debt crisis broke out in Greece in 2009. The European currency rose 0.3 percent to $1.3023 at 2:15 a.m. Brussels time.
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