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Schaeuble Will Push For Global Transaction Tax, Abendblatt Says

G-20 Leaders Mull Whether to Press for Yuan Flexibility
A woman poses for a photograph with an art installation depicting a bundle of Chinese one-hundred yuan notes in Beijing, China. Photographer: Raul Vasquez/Bloomberg

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble wants to discuss the introduction of a global financial transaction tax at a Group of 20 summit starting today in Cannes, German daily Hamburger Abendblatt reported, citing an interview.

Failure to reach an agreement on the tax at the G-20 level may require further talks with the U.S., Schaeuble said, according to the newspaper. Separately, European Union finance ministers will discuss the tax at a meeting in Brussels next Tuesday, and, if those talks are unsuccessful, euro-area countries should consider introducing the tax on their own, he said.

The EU proposed a financial transaction tax that would take effect in 2014 and raise about 57 billion euros ($78 billion) a year. Germany and France have led a push for global implementation.

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