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WireTap 0900 09/12/11

A round-up of the top stories from the specialist financial media, including news that 23 eurozone members sign a new treaty

Eurozone countries sign-up to closer ties

Britain isolated after vetoing new 23-country pact

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Europe stocks head lower with EU summit in focus

European stock markets opened lower on Friday, with banks leading declines.

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German banks struggle in stress tests
Germany's banking system was shown to be far weaker than previously thought in a new round of European stress tests, raising the prospect of further taxpayer bailouts.

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Moody's downgrades three French banks

Ratings agency Moody's downgraded the debt of BNP Paribas, Societe Generale, and Credit Agricole on Friday, saying their creditworthiness was being hurt by the fragile operating environment for European banks.

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