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European Leaders Seek to Overcome Divisions at Summit

Europe’s leaders today cap their latest effort to check the financial crisis that claimed Cyprus this week as its fifth victim.

Euro-area finance ministers set the stage for today’s gathering in Brussels of the European Union’s 27 chiefs, approving Cyprus’s bailout and detailing how they would aid Spanish banks. Consensus breaks down on safeguarding governments in Spain and Italy, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejecting calls to do more to cut their borrowing costs.