WHO WILL EU BANK RAIDERS TARGET NEXT? Shockwaves over ‘template’ Cyprus bailout; Expat savers fear same tax grab in Spain.
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BRITS could face a cash grab on bank accounts held in debt-laden
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countries, a top finance minister let slip yesterday, after a
deal was finally agreed in Cyprus.
Markets plunged when Dutch politician Jeroen Dijsselbloem revealed
the levy on savings of more than [euro]100,000 might not be the one-off
move it was claimed to be.
The head of eurozone finance ministers said it gave a template for
action in other problem economies – raising the spectre of expat
accounts in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece being plundered next.
Bank shares across the continent tumbled after the minister’s
comments. France’s Societe Generale and Credit Agricole fell 5.9%
and 4.9% respectively and Italian bank Intesa was down 5.7%.
Under the terms of the Cyprus deal anyone with more than
[euro]100,000 (PS85,000) in a Cypriot bank could lose up to 40% of their
money to fund the bailout. Mr Dijsselbloem said: “If there is a
risk in a bank, our first question should be ‘Okay, what are you in
the bank going to do about that? What can you do to recapitalise
“If the bank can’t do it, we’ll talk to the
shareholders and the bondholders, we’ll ask them to contribute in
recapitalising the bank, and if necessary uninsured deposit
There are an estimated 750,000 Britons in Spain, 50,000 in Portugal
and 60,000 in Cyprus. Many have transferred savings to financial
institutions in their adopted countries.
One bond trader said: “If you’re an uninsured depositor
at a bank in Spain you wouldn’t be too happy about this.”
Mr Dijsselbloem later tried to calm the crisis he had created by
tweeting that Cyprus was a “specific case”. There were
“no models or templates,” he insisted.
Cypriots were warned they faced years of pain as result of the
PS8.5billion bailout agreed yesterday. Laiki Bank is to be wound down
and deposits of less than PS85,000 shifted to the
Bank of Cyprus
The deal was hailed as good for Germany by its finance minister.
But Russia’s PM
called it “the stealing
of what has already been stolen” in a dig at the deal and Russians
who keep PS17billion outside their homeland in Cypriot accounts.
Ex-Kremlin adviser Andrew Nekrassov said: “There are German
companies operating in Russia. You could look at freezing assets.”
said he was doing everything possible to help UK military
and civil servants on the island. He said the rescue terms were
“welcome for the people in Cyprus”.
Voice of the Mirror: Page 8
If you’re a depositor at a bank in Spain you won’t be
happy at this BOND TRADER
DOOMED Laiki Bank will go after deal signed by Cypriot president
Nicos Anastasiades at Brussels meeting yesterday