Berlin gate. Merkel has offered robust support to Papandreou (Photo: Wolfgang Staudt)

EU hushes talk of multi-trillion bail-out ahead of German vote

European politicians are trying to avoid too much talk of a multi-trillion-euro revamp of the eurozone’s crisis strategy ahead of a crunch vote in the German parliament, with the German finance minister denying plans for such an increase to the bail-out fund and French ministers saying it is necessary to stay quiet until after the vote.

On Tuesday, German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told N-TV: "We do not intend to increase it,” and separately called such moves “stupid”.


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