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The IMF said European Banks may need to sell as much as $4.5 trillion in assets through 2013
Today’s highlights: French Industrial Production (MoM) (FRA, 07:45 GMT) Italian Industrial Production (MoM) (ITA, 09:00 GMT) Beige Book (U.S, 19:00 GMT) FOMC Member Fisher Speaks (U.S, 20:45 GMT)
The Euro group summit continued on Tuesday, this time with all 27 Member States participating in the talks, but without any significant decisions being announced. Another highlight of the day was German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Greece, for the first time since the onset of the European debt crisis. The German leader met with Greek PM Antonis Samaras to discuss the Eurozone crisis. During a press conference following their meeting, the Greek leader informed that the topic of their discussion was closer cooperation between the two countries. He also assured that Greece is determined to remain part of the Eurozone and that it would implement the necessary austerity measures. The German Chancellor emphasized however that the road to recovery would be long and difficult and that the next tranche of EU aid, when finally released, would not be the answer to all the problems. She also expressed her satisfaction with the visit to Greece, which provided her with a better understanding of the country's situation.
EUR/USD: The EUR/USD was trading lower at 1.28646 at the time of writing on uncertainty over whether Spain will seek a bailout and worries over the next Greek aid disbursement and low earnings expectations, which made the liquid dollar an attractive safe haven. Yesterday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel maintained pressure on Greece to meet austerity pledges, while proclaiming her desire to keep the country in the euro. After meeting Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens yesterday, Merkel told reporters that while “a lot has been done, much remains to be done.” In addition, Spain’s economy minister Luis de Guindos said yesterday the nation will decide on the “sensitive”
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