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Spain Goes Bust!
Spain will ask for a bank bailout from Europe, becoming the fourth and largest country to seek help since the single currency bloc's debt crisis erupted.
Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said Saturday the aid will go to the banking sector only and so would not come with new austerity conditions attached for the economy in general.
He gave no figure as to how much Spain will request, saying that he would wait until independent audits of the country's banking sector have been carried out before asking for a specific amount.
De Guindos did say, however, that Spain would request enough money for recapitalization, plus a safety margin that will be "significant."
The money will be funneled through an existing bailout fund called the FROB.
The prospect of Spain—in addition to Greece—collapsing have sent shudders around the world, fueling a global slowdown that in addition to hitting China and India now appears to have hurt job growth and the stock market in the United States....
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