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Is Italy too big to bail out?

10 November 2011 Last updated at 13:17 GMT

As the crisis unfolds in Rome, bankers and investors all over the world are weighing up whether to continue lending to Italy.

If they stop, Italy could quite simply run out of money.

But many fear that Italy's economy - the third largest in the eurozone - is simply too big to bail out.

Stephanie Flanders reports.