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Banking

The titanic struggles of German banking

The decline of Deutsche Bank may be grabbing the headlines, but the woes of German banking run far deeper. Low interest rates and tighter regulation are hurting all the private-sector banks. That simply adds to concerns that Germany’s banks cannot, or perhaps in politicians’ eyes should not, be profit-hungry institutions. But are the statebacked banks that still dominate German banking reaching a limit on their ability to fund themselves? And does that mean that the famed three-pillar system is heading for disaster?

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Introduction:

When fears over the size of a Deutsche Bank fine coincided in late September with news of a drastic business restructuring at Commerzbank, it seemed like the crisis in European banking had suddenly shifted north. 

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