A new eurozone crisis looms as Greece's leftist forces attempt to form a government opposed to the country's bailout, while Spain signals it is ready to rescue ailing banks and Japan urges France to stick to reforms.
George Soros, the billionaire speculator best known as “the man who broke the Bank of England” in 1992, has launched a stinging critique of Germany’s role in the euro crisis and suggested the single currency’s prospects would be improved if its most dominant member were to quit, reports The Guardian.
Not even during the 2012 European debt crisis has Greece’s place in the Eurozone been more tenuous. Greece will seek about 10 billion euros (US$11.3 billion) in short-term financing as it tries to stave off a funding crunch.
Its bailout program – worth about US$272.5 billion in international loans in exchange for structural reforms – expires on February 28.
The ECB stepped into the fray once again today but the the results of the Spanish debt auction today speak for themselves. The rate on 10-year bonds is close to touching the 7% mark.
The BBC reports on the "Dreadful Result"
The Spanish government sold 3.56bn euros (£3.04bn; $4.79bn) worth of bonds out of a maximum target of 4bn euros.
The auction attracted bids worth 1.5 times the securities offered. The so-called bid-to-cover ratio was down from 1.8 in October.
A small dose of reality has set in for a group of European central bankers: Euro Officials Begin to Weigh Greek Exit as Euro Weakens.
Greece’s possible exit from the euro moved to the center of Europe’s financial-crisis debate, rattling markets as authorities in Athens struggled to form a government.