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FT.com: Radical rescue proposed for Cyprus (February 10, 2013)
By "bailing in" uninsured bank depositors, it would also involve more foreign investors, especially from Russia, some of whom have used Cyprus as a tax haven in recent years. That would answer criticism from Berlin in particular, where politicians are calling for more drastic action to stop the island being used for money laundering and tax evasion.

Senior EU officials who have seen the document cautioned that imposing losses on bank depositors and a sovereign debt restructuring remain unlikely. Underlining the dissuasive language in the memo, they said that bailing in depositors was never considered in previous eurozone bailouts because of concern that it could lead to bank runs in other financially fragile countries.

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Cyprus's bailout, while small compared to Ireland, Portugal and Greece, has proven unexpectedly difficult because its size relative to the country's gross domestic product would increase debt to levels considered unsustainable both by the International Monetary Fund and the German government.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 11th, 2013 at 09:10:51 AM EST
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