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While neither the legal nor institutional framework in Germany were adequate for dealing with stressed banks in the recent financial crisis, the newly established Federal Agency for Financial Market Stabilisation fills that gap. Initially focusing on rescuing banks, that agency now focuses on restructuring them.
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The report assess the potential impact of a crisis in the banking sector on public finances in four selected EU Member States and finds that in two of them governments are likely to have to cover losses generated in the banking system.
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The macro-prudential authority is being adopted by monetary policy authorities as a means to limit systemic financial risks in the light of weaknesses revealed by the crisis. This article outlines the powers, scope and accountability that should characterise the macro-prudential authority.