EU gives Spain more time on deficit, sets bank aid
By Robin Emmott and Francesca Landini
BRUSSELS | Mon Jul 9, 2012 9:31pm EDT
(Reuters) – Euro zone ministers agreed early on Tuesday to grant Spain an extra year until 2014 to reach its deficit reduction targets in exchange for further budget savings and set the parameters of an aid package for Madrid’s ailing banks.
The decisions were aimed at preventing the currency area’s fourth largest economy, mired in a worsening recession, from needing a full state bailout which would stretch the limits of Europe’s rescue fund and….”