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Germany suddenly interested in Deutsche Bank's fate

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Staff Writer | October 5, 2016
The German government is in talks with U.S. authorities to help Deutsche Bank secure a swift settlement over the sale of toxic mortgage bonds.
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Banking crisis   German officials have played down their role
Until now, Reuters reports, German officials have played down their role in the standoff, saying it is up to Deutsche to work out a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which is demanding up to $14 billion to settle claims the lender mis-sold mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis.

But government officials in Berlin, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters they hoped to facilitate a quick deal that would buy Deutsche Bank time to regain its footing.

One senior government official told Reuters there was "contact at all levels" between German and American officials.

Another source said Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was not planning to meet DOJ officials during a trip to Washington this week for International Monetary Fund meetings, but added: "You can hold talks. It doesn't have to be the minister."