Bank License for ESM Illegal, Germany’s Westerwelle Tells Focus
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said it would be illegal in Germany to grant a banking license to the European Stability Mechanism, the future permanent euro-area bailout fund, Focus magazine reported, citing an interview.
Shared liability for public debt in Europe would burden Germany with unlimited risks, a prospect that would violate the country’s constitution, Westerwelle said. Europe needs to boost its competitiveness and the entire euro region needs effective economic policy changes, he said.
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