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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:43 PM

Germany Set To Allow Eurozone Bailout Fund

The insistence on always delaying action until the horse has left the barn will, as it usually does, prove very costly in the long run.

Germany Set To Allow Eurozone Bailout Fund To Buy Troubled Countries’ Debt

Angela Merkel is poised to allow the eurozone’s €750bn bailout fund to buy up the bonds of crisis-hit governments in a desperate effort to drive down borrowing costs for Spain and Italy and prevent the single currency from imploding.

Germany has long opposed allowing the eurozone’s rescue fund, the European Financial Stability Facility, to lend directly to troubled eurozone countries, fearing that Berlin would end up paying the bill, and the beneficiaries would escape the strict conditions imposed on Greece, Portugal and Ireland.

But Merkel has come under intense pressure as financial markets have pushed up borrowing costs for Spain to levels that many analysts see as unsustainable.

Analysts are likely to see the decision as the first step towards sharing the burden of troubled countries’ debts across the single currency’s 17 members, though it falls short of the “eurobonds” proposed by the European commission president José Manuel Barroso.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/euro-crisis-merkel-debt.php?ref=fpblg

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