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Merkel Tells Conservatives No Bank Aid Until Regulator Is Working

Oct. 19, 2012

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told an audience of conservatives in Munich late Friday there would be no recapitalization of eurozone banks until a planned banking regulator was up and running.

The chancellor, who flew directly from the European summit in Brussels, highlighted her success in delaying the start of the agency, telling the annual conference of her sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), that this would ensure better regulation.

"A regulator only makes sense if it is better than anything we have today. If this regulator is yet again just quickly cobbled together, if this regulator is not constructed carefully ... then we might as well not do it at all," she said.

"That is why I put the stress on doing things step by step: first a legal basis, then the practical implementation, and only when the practical implementation gets to the point where it is able to work, only then can there be a recapitalization of banks," she said.

The CSU is Bavaria's counterpart to the chancellor's centre-right own party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

The popularity of the CSU, which currently rules Bavaria in coalition with the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP), has risen, a GMS poll for Sat.1 television showed. With 48-per-cent support, it stands a good chance of winning state polls next year.

With a federal election also due within a year, the CDU and CSU have put aside earlier policy squabbling and closed ranks to step up attacks on Germany's main opposition party, the Social Democrats.

The CSU, which has often voiced doubts about bailouts to eurozone deficit countries, passed resolutions Friday that broadly support Merkel's current efforts to shore up the eurozone.

The party leader, Bavarian Premier Horst Seehofer, acclaimed Greece's progress in cutting spending and liberalizing its economy, saying the effort was beginning to yield results and "economic imbalances in Europe are receding."

In his speech, Seehofer indicated he would not rule out fresh financial aid to Greece.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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