For the first time in history, the European Union has agreed to cap bankers' bonuses. The accord is part of new stricter rules on banking in the wake of the financial crisis. Bonuses will be limited to a year's salary
Regulators have put forward a new set of rules to ensure bank creditors instead of taxpayers foot the bills for banks deemed "too big to fail." The proposal was crafted to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis.
The EU Commission has urged the bloc's banks to comply with new rules on staff bonuses or face punishment. A probe by its EBA banking watchdog has found out that many banks dodge the rules with unlawful handouts.
The main players in the British election campaign have clashed on issues including debt, public spending and immigration - but largely avoided talking foreign policy. The vote, set to be a close-run affair, is on May 7.
Two years ago, the European Central Bank lent a trillion euros at remarkably cheap rates to EU banks under a program called LTRO. What did the banks do with all that money, and why are many of them returning it early?
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