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OECD Paper Europe Needs $1.3 Tril Bailout Fund

The economic organization that represents developed countries says Europe probably needs a €1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) bailout fund if it is to stop the spread of its debt crisis.

A paper released Thursday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development lays out a list of steps Europe has to take “if a fracturing of the euro is to be avoided.”

It includes making sure banks have enough money to weather the storm; forcing the private holders of Greek debt to take at least a 50 percent loss on their bonds; and increasing the size of the bailout fund, which will have €500 billion when it comes into effect.

The paper also detailed ways the fund could raise money, saying that private investors would be unlikely to put up the cash.

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The economic organization that represents developed countries says Europe probably needs a €1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) bailout fund if it is to stop the spread of its debt crisis.

A paper released Thursday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development lays out a list of steps Europe has to take “if a fracturing of the euro is to be avoided.”

It includes making sure banks have enough money to weather the storm; forcing the private holders of Greek debt to take at least a 50 percent loss on their bonds; and increasing the size of the bailout fund, which will have €500 billion when it comes into effect.

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The paper also detailed ways the fund could raise money, saying that private investors would be unlikely to put up the cash.