Europe's political leaders have agreed on a strategy aimed at ending the cycle of economically weak nations attempting to bail out struggling banks on their own.
There would be three so-called pillars of support - including a banking supervisor at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt - and the banks themselves would build up their own bailout fund of $75bn.
EU finance ministers now face the challenging task of getting the deal through the European Parliament.
Al Jazeera's Simon McGregor-Wood reports from Brussels.
Source: Al Jazeera