European Union talks with banks on bondholder losses as part ofa second Greek bailout ran aground, an EU official said, dimmingthe chances for a comprehensive crisis-fighting strategy attonight's summit.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President NicolasSarkozy, leaders of Europe's two biggest economies, may step out ofthe leaders-only summit to meet bankers in an effort to break thedeadlock, a person familiar with the discussions said.

“Work's not been done yet, but everyone's coming here today withthe goal to progress quite a bit,” Merkel told reporters as shearrived for the Brussels summit.

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