Yves Logghe, Associated Press
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, walks with European Commission President Jose-Manuel Barroso upon arrival at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.

BRUSSELS — Germany's chancellor said Wednesday that she would support a Europe-wide plan to recapitalize banks if such a move was deemed necessary.

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"If there is a common view that banks aren't sufficiently capitalized for the current market condition" a financial firewall should be built, Angela Merkel said in Brussels after a meeting with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

The International Monetary Fund has called on Europe to put up billions of euros to recapitalize its biggest banks. Franco-Belgian bank Dexia SA is near collapse on worries it cannot withstand losses on the weak debt of some eurozone governments.

Merkel said "common guidelines" on the right amount of capitalization were necessary, adding that this needed to be done urgently.