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Germany, France want tougher bank bonus rules at G20

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck arrives to the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, August 5, 2009.   REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY POLITICS) BERLIN, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Germany and France want G20 nations to reach an agreement on tougher rules governing bonus payments in the financial sector, German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck said in an interview published on Wednesday.

“We need international agreement here as well,” the Handelsblatt newspaper quoted Steinbrueck as saying with regard to the Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers hosted by Britain next week.

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World policymakers urge banks to lend, express concern

                World Bank President Robert Zoellick                         By Laura Macinnia and Patricia Zengerle
  (GENEVA/SHINGTON, July 6 (Reuters) – World economic leaders called on commercial banks on Monday to step up lending to revive an economy pitched into recession by failure of the global financial system.  The World Bank, in a letter to Group of Eight nations due to meet this week, said interventions by central banks and governments appeared to have “broken the fall in the global economy,” but 2009 remained a dangerous year. 

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Sarkozy says no to “crazy pay” by banks

 EVIAN, France, July 6 (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned against a return to the “crazy” pay practices that were current in banks before the financial crisis. “These crazy remuneration levels — the more you speculated, the more you were paid…we won’t accept it,” Sarkozy said in a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. (more…)

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