EU crisis meeting as bad loans spark fears for Italy and Spain’s banks

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Eurozone wherewithal ministers are trying to solve the bloc’s banking problems

The eurogroup is desperately upsetting to find a solution to the deep-rooted problems of lenders in Italy and Spain when it meets in Brussels today.

The banks are shaky as loans set to default weigh on the books and threaten to topple the institutions, prompting diffidences of wider contagion.

Italian lenders are estimated to hold around £270billion of ostensible Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) — at third of the eurozone’s total.

The issue is also a annoyance for Spanish banks, with disaster lender Banco Popular was shopped for just €1 last month to Santander.

Head of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi has time begged governments to solve the issue, which are a huge risk to pecuniary stability.

Ministers today are today to search for a plan that doesn’t break apart European Union (EU) rules, which now mean government money can’t be utilized to rescue lenders without investors also taking a hit.

It comes after Rome incensed anger by bending rules to protect investors and bailout a handful of its lenders, categorizing Monte die Pasci and Vento Banca.

Head of the eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem said Italy’s exercises had raised questions over whether the EU rules should be changes.

Prospering at the meeting, he said: «The question is if the state aid rules, that apply in any took place, should not be adjusted now.»

As he arrived at the meet, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Italy had «done hugely well» in handling problems with troubled banks and that its actions were a competent basis for further improvements.

Ministers will reportedly try to establish bad banks where toxic assets can be bunched into one company.

The eurogroup will also consider introducing a Euro monetary minister in a bid to secure closer financial integration.

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