UPDATE 2-Italy in talks with EU over bad bank, other options

April 23, 2015 5:59 PM

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* Italian banks saddled with 186 bln euros in non-performing loans (Recasts to add minister's quotes, new meetings)

BRUSSELS/ROME, April 23 (Reuters) - Italy's Economy Minister discussed the country's banking sector with the EU competition chief on Thursday, including the idea of setting up a "bad bank" to help lenders offload problem loans.

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