After months of denials, a short Eurogroup Statement shows Spain will submit a formal request to Brussels for a bailout. Here is the statement in full.
The Eurogroup supports the efforts of the Spanish authorities to resolutely
address the restructuring of its financial sector and it welcomes their intention
to seek financial assistance from euro area Member States to this effect.
A few days ago Spain was purportedly going to need another €30 billion to €70 billion to recapitalize Spanish banks. I suggested the amount would be at least triple that and it did not take long to do so.
Yahoo! Finance reports Spanish bailout could reach 100 billion euros
A bailout for Spain's teetering banks, once requested by Madrid, could amount to as much as 100 billion euros, two senior EU sources told Reuters on Saturday.
By Marc Chandler:Greece has been the model for Portuguese and Irish aid. This may or may not have been fair and appropriate. After all, the nature of the Portuguese and Irish problems were dissimilar from Greece and each other. Spain's is more like Ireland's. The key differences include Spain's size, officials have progressed on a learning curve, and the now perceived greater vulnerability of the whole EMU project.
BERLIN (Reuters) - A deal is in the works that would allow Spain to recapitalize its stricken banks with aid from its European partners but avoid the embarrassment of having to adopt new economic reforms imposed from the outside, German officials say. While Berlin remains firm in its rejection of Spain's calls for Europe's rescue funds to lend directly to its banks, the officials said that if Madrid put in a formal aid request, funds could flow without it submitting to the kind of strict reform program agreed for Greece, Portugal and Ireland. ...
EU Throws Spain Two Deathlines; Spanish 10-Year Yield Tops 6.7%;
ECB Rejects Madrid Ponzi Refinancing Scheme
The markets are reeling in the wake of rejection of Spain's Ponzi Recapitalization Scheme by the ECB according to the Financial Times.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Spain does not need euro zone financial help because its problems stem from the banking sector and the country is already getting a loan to recapitalize its financial sector, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said. "Spain needs no aid program," Schaeuble said as he arrived a meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Luxembourg, reiterating a point he has made repeatedly in recent weeks. "Spain is doing everything necessary, in fiscal policy, in structural reforms. Spain has a problem with its banks as a consequence of the real estate bubble of the past years. ...
Yield on 10-year Spanish bonds remains stubbornly high near 7%, but yield on 2-year bonds is in the midst of a breathtaking crash.
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Spain 10-Year Government Bond Yield