ECB decides against bailing out a failing Spanish bank


A Spanish proposal to bail out its fourth largest bank has been rejected by the European Central Bank.

Madrid had planned to recapitalise troubled lender Bankia by tapping into the ECB, using government bonds as security to borrow €19bn.

If the deal had worked, it would have meant that the ECB, and not the Spanish government, was rescuing the bank.

BBC Radio 5 live Wake Up To Money got reaction from Pedro Schwartz, an economics professor at San Pablo University in Madrid.

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