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European debt sharing isn’t possible without countries accepting external budget oversight, Peer Steinbrueck, Germany’s former Finance Minister, told Passauer Neue Presse.
“First I want to see that Germany and the Mediterranean countries say, ‘Great, the rule will be: if we can’t keep our own budgets in order, our budget rights will move to a European institution,’” the newspaper cited Steinbrueck as saying in an e-mailed preview of an interview to be published today. “Otherwise it’s not acceptable for Germany to accept liability for others. That would be like giving out a credit card: others do the shopping, and Germany pays.”
Steinbrueck ruled out a banking union with common deposit insurance as suggested by European Union President Herman Van Rompuy, the newspaper said. Strengthening national deposit insurance together with broader European oversight and a European bank liquidation law would be possible, the newspaper cited the Social Democrat lawmaker as saying.
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