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That's the theory, but will Trichet run a policy that will be frowned on by Germany?

Angela Merkel dashes Greek hopes of rescue bid | Business | The Guardian

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, mounted stiff resistance tonight to any swift bailout of Greece, as a rift opened up between European capitals over how best to tackle the risks posed to the euro.

Despite a show of Franco-German unity on the crisis and the first statement from EU leaders pledging to safeguard the currency's stability, hopes on the markets of a German-led rescue plan to shore up Greece's critical public finances were dashed by Merkel, who repeatedly emphasised that Athens would need to put its own house in order and brushed aside all questions of financial support.

"Germany is stepping totally on the brakes on financial assistance," said a senior EU diplomat. "On legal grounds, on constitutional grounds and on principle."

"Financial assistance" may not be the term for an ECB debt-purchasing programme, but the German attitude seems abundantly clear on the whole.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 12th, 2010 at 06:35:52 AM EST
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