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Bloomberg: Portuguese, Irish Government Bonds Lead Decline on Greek Bailout Concern
German debt advanced on demand for the euro-region's safest assets, driving 10-year yields to a five-month low. Two-year German yields reached the lowest since March 17, while the spread between Portuguese 10-year bonds and German bunds widened to a record. Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker said a bailout for Greece must include "voluntary" investor participation. Costs to insure Greece, Ireland and Portugal's debt against default reached all-time highs.


Juncker is trying to bridge the gap between German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has called for Greek bondholders to extend the maturities of their debt by seven years, and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet, who says imposing losses on creditors would be akin to a default. Trichet is scheduled to speak today in London.


[Bundesbank President Jens] Weidmann said the ECB was unwilling to turn its emergency bond-buying program into a "lasting institution" and that Greece's implementation of austerity measures and asset sales was crucial to securing the handout. He spoke yesterday in an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 13th, 2011 at 12:13:40 PM EST
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