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Merkel to G20: regulation before rebalancing

Angela Merkel (R) German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) enters her limousine as she leaves the Chancellery on her way to Tegel airport in Berlin, September 24, 2009. Merkel urged Group of 20 leaders on Thursday to agree concrete new regulations for financial markets at a summit this week and not let themselves be sidetracked by other economic themes.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY POLITICS BUSINESS) By Madeline Chambers and Emily Kaiser
BERLIN/PITTSBURGH, Sept 24 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Thursday a U.S. drive to rebalance the global economy risked distracting the Group of 20 from a more urgent need for market regulation at their Pittsburgh summit.

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EU unveils blueprint to overhaul policing of banks

European Commissioner in charge of Internal Market and Services Charlie McCreevy speaks during a news conference at EC Headquarters in Brussels September 23, 2009. The European Union unveiled its blueprint on Wednesday for an overhaul of the way banks and financial markets are policed, a central plank to new rules designed to prevent a repeat of the global economic crisis.  REUTERS/Sebastien Pirlet   (BELGIUM POLITICS BUSINESS) By John O’Donnell

BRUSSELS, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The European Union unveiled its blueprint for an overhaul of the way banks and financial markets are policed, a central plank in new rules designed to prevent a repeat of the global economic crisis. It plans to create a banking super-watchdog, with power to overrule countries such as Britain, and a pan-European supervisor that would warn of early signs of crisis.

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City of London, U.S. lobbies are fighting market regulation – Germany

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck arrives to the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, August 5, 2009.   REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY POLITICS) BERLIN, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The City of London is doing its best to block the introduction of stricter financial market regulations, but tougher rules will come, German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck said a day before a Group of 20 summit.

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Top US lawmakers stress financial reform common points, delay seen

U.S. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT)(R) and Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Barney Frank (D-MA) speak after a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 20, 2008.  REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES)By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress’ two top legislators on financial reform stressed their points of agreement on Tuesday, despite lingering differences and a prediction from one that the reform debate may be prolonged.

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Senior US senator favors bank super-cop idea -aide

U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) speaks in front of his close friend Senator Edward Kennedy's casket during a "Celebration of Life Memorial Service" for Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Library and Presidential  Museum in Boston, Massachusetts August 28, 2009. Kennedy died late Tuesday after a battle with cancer. REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES POLITICS OBITUARY)By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate’s top legislator on financial regulation favors reducing the number of bank supervisory agencies more sharply than the Obama administration proposes, said a senior Senate aide on Sunday.

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Japan bank minister says repayment halt good for banks

Japan's newly appointed Financial Services and Postal Services Minister Shizuka Kamei speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo September 16, 2009.   REUTERS/Issei Kato By David Dolan and Noriyuki Hirata
TOKYO, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Japan’s new banking minister said his plan to freeze the repayment of bank loans to help debt-burdened individuals and small companies would be a positive for the banks, even as investors have fled financial stocks.

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EU leaders at G20 to seek bonus curbs, retained stimulus

Romania's President Traian Basescu (L) is welcomed by Sweden 's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt  at an informal summit of European Union heads of state and government in Brussels September 17, 2009. EU leaders met to coordinate the EU's position ahead of the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh.   REUTERS/Yves Herman By Darren Ennis and Jan Strupczewski
BRUSSELS, Sept 17 (Reuters) – European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to seek curbs on bankers’ bonuses at next week’s G20 summit and said they wanted evidence the recession is over before they stop spending to prop up their economies.

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Sarkozy, Obama agree to work for G20 success

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy before a dinner at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy, July 9, 2009. Leaders of the Group of Eight major industrial nations and the main developing economies are meeting in the central Italian city of L'Aquila until Friday to discuss issues ranging from global economic stimulus to climate change and oil prices. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (ITALY POLITICS)   By Sophie Hardach
   PARIS, Sept 15 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy joined forces on Tuesday ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh, agreeing to work toward new decisions on the economy and the financial system, Sarkozy’s office said. (more…)

G20 heads for crackdown on bank bonuses

By Huw Jones and Anna Willard
PARIS, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Banks with low levels of capital will not be able to offer large bonuses under guidelines the G20 is set to discuss this month, the Financial Stability Board said on Tuesday.

“It’s important that firms conserve profits so they can rebuild capital and support lending,” FSB Chairman Mario Draghi told a news conference.

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EU plans powerful new banking watchdog -draft

eu-flag   BRUSSELS, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The European Union plans to create a banking super-watchdog and give it power to overrule countries such as Britain, according to draft legislation that could come into effect next year. (more…)

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