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Europe agrees financing for future bailout fund

Germany's finance minister says 17 states that use the euro have agreed on the financing of the eurozone's future bailout fund and slightly lowered the contributions for poorer states.

Wolfgang Schaeuble said Monday the eurozone members will give the European Stability Mechanism a capital base of euro80 billion and provide euro620 billion in callable capital, which has to be made available if a bailed out country looks unable to repay its loans.

That will give the ESM — which will come into force in mid-2013 — an effective lending capacity of euro500 billion.

For more: The Associated Press: Europe agrees financing for future bailout fund

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