Germany to buy Swiss bank data, FinMin tells paper
BERLIN Feb 2 (Reuters) - Germany has taken a decision, at least in principle, to buy data on Swiss bank customers who may have been evading German taxes, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told a newspaper on Tuesday.
"In principle, the decision has been made," Schaeuble told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper, adding the legal basis was similar to a case in 2008 when Germany paid for data stolen from Liechtenstein's top bank LGT.
"Therefore we could not decide any differently," he added.
(Reporting by Brian Rohan)
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