U.S. Mortgage Crisis Rattles German Banks
The saviors of the German financial sector came together early this month in a sterile conference room at the Düsseldorf headquarters of the IKB commercial bank. The head of Germany's state development bank KfW, Ingrid Matthäus-Maier, looked anxious. Jörg Asmussen, a departmental head at the Finance Ministry, wrung his hands. His boss, Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück, called from his home in Bonn; other top leaders of German banks were also listening in.
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