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EU’s Top-Rated States Weigh Bolstering Rescue Fund

Europe’s top-rated countries grappled with how to strengthen the 750 billion-euro ($1 trillion) rescue fund for debt-hit states as Portugal insisted it will get by without an aid package.

Finance ministers from Germany, France and four other countries with AAA credit ratings held a hastily scheduled meeting to discuss how to boost the financial firepower of the fund without pushing up their own borrowing costs.