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Regling Says Ireland, Portugal Gain If EFSF Extends Loans

Klaus Regling, head of the euro-area rescue funds, signaled he backs easier repayment terms for Ireland and Portugal, saying it may speed their return to financial markets.

The option being discussed for the two bailed-out countries only involves extending maturities, in contrast to Greece, Regling said in an interview with Spiegel magazine posted on its website.