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‘Last nail in the coffin’ for BRRD as Bari nears bail-out

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Italy and the EU provoked indignation this week, when Italy approved the use of public money to rescue Banca Popolare di Bari, a small regional lender faltering under the weight of bad loans. The decision looks likely to join a long list of cases when European Union rules designed to prevent government bank bail-outs have proved toothless, prompting market participants to think the EU has capitulated.

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