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Europe Crisis Rescue Begins With MIT Men as a Matter of Trust

As financial turmoil in Europe threatened to overwhelm the region’s banks last November, Bank of England Governor Mervyn King arranged conference calls with the world’s top central bankers to decide what steps to take.

The result: Six leading monetary authorities agreed to make it cheaper for financial institutions outside the U.S. to borrow dollars in emergencies. The funding squeeze on European banks eased and stocks worldwide rallied.