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The Euro zone summit meeting originally planned for Friday has apparently been delayed – probably until next week or until an agreement can be announced.

Meanwhile the bank stress test results will be released on Friday, and there is already disagreement about the results.

• From Reuters: Euro zone leaders summit on Greece seen next week-diplomats

Leaders of countries in the euro zone are likely to meet next week to discuss a second aid package for Greece as well as private-sector involvement in reducing the country’s debt burden, EU diplomats said on Wednesday.

• From the Irish Times: Europe must be decisive on euro crisis, says Kenny

EUROPE HAS to respond “comprehensively and decisively’’ to the economic crisis, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil. “Ireland will contribute to that,’’ he said.

Mr Kenny said there was no point in having a EU Council meeting tomorrow unless there was a decision, or set of decisions, on the European situation.

• From Bloomberg: Germany’s Helaba Snubs EU Stress-Test Regulator in Run Up to Publication

Germany’s Landesbank Hessen- Thueringen snubbed the European Union’s bank stress tests two days before the publication of results, refusing to give the European Banking Authority permission to publish all of its data.

The bank, known as Helaba, disputes the EBA’s measurements of Core Tier 1 capital, the factor by which banks are said to have passed or failed the tests, because they don’t include some instruments allowed by German regulators. The lender said it passed the exams with a capital ratio of 6.8 percent, counting contractual changes around state funds of 1.92 billion euros (.71 billion), not included in the EBA results.

• From the Irish Times: Irish bond yields soar to record highs on ‘junk’ status




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