March 18, 2013 / 10:36 AM / 4 years ago

Levy on smaller Cyprus depositors not German idea-Schaeuble

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BERLIN, March 18 (Reuters) - Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble deflected blame on Monday for a Euorpean bailout deal for Cyprus that foresees hitting small savers in the Mediterranean island's banks, saying this solution had not been a German idea and that he was open to it being changed.

"The levy on deposits below 100,000 euros was not the creation of the German government," Schaeuble told reporters in Berlin. "If one reached another solution we would not have the slightest problem."

Schaeuble added however that it was impossible to solve Cyprus's financial problems without reducing the size of its banking sector.

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