Oct 16, 2011 1:35 PM by AP

Germany: Banks to Take Bigger Losses on Greek Debt

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's finance minister says private holders of
Greek government bonds must accept bigger losses to achieve "a
durable and sustainable solution" for Europe's debt crisis.
Wolfgang Schaeuble told German public broadcaster ARD on Sunday
that an agreement struck in July when banks and other investors
agreed to renounce on 20 percent of their Greek debt must be
He says the private sector's contribution to a reduction of
Greece's debt burden "will probably have to be higher."
The Institute of International Finance, a global bank lobbying
group, says its managing director Charles Dallara is in talks with
officials from the 17-nation eurozone about the July agreement.
Spokesman Frank Vogl declined to elaborate, but the group's
leadership has so far rejected accepting bigger losses.


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