Summary Box: Germany reactivates bank rescue fund

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Posted: Dec 14, 2011 2:10 PM
Summary Box: Germany reactivates bank rescue fund

RESCUE ME: Germany's government moved Wednesday to reactivate its financial sector rescue fund as the eurozone debt crisis raises more questions about how banks can cover their capital needs.

EXPANDING NEED: The fund, first established at the height of the 2008 financial crisis, was closed at the end of 2010 but continued to help banks that were still receiving aid.

SWELLING BALANCE: The fund currently contains euro360 billion ($474 billion), but the draft legislation approved Wednesday calls for it to be topped back up to the 2008 level of euro480 billion ($632 billion).