The European Commission and several euro countries want the remaining money to be included in the ESM, but the two officials aid that option had almost no chance of passing at the finance ministers' meeting.
A compromise would see the remaining €240 billion run on until July next year, providing a sort of buffer until the ESM's capital has been built up further.
But that would still fall far short off the €1 trillion favored by much of the rest of the world and raises questions of whether big non-eurozone economies will agree next month to send more money to the IMF. The Washington-based fund has asked for $500 billion in new resources so it can effectively help struggling economies over the coming years. The eurozone has already promised $200 billion.
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