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European Commission Green Paper on the feasibility of introducing Stability Bonds - Official Version

Brussels, 23 November 2011

European Commission Green Paper on the feasibility of introducing Stability Bonds

Will Merkel Change Her Tune on Stability Bonds?

Stability bonds. That is the new moniker given by the European Commission to euro bonds as it moves toward presenting its most definitive proposal yet for the debt pooling measure on Wednesday.

Indeed, European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commission Olli Rehn was in Berlin on Tuesday to tout Brussels' three-option studyon how bonds issued jointly by the 17 euro-zone member states could help stem the debt crisis.

Strong demand for EU € 4 billion 15y bond in support of Ireland and Portugal

The European Union (EU) placed yesterday a € 4 billion bond with 15 years maturity, notifying strong investors' demand for this benchmark bond. The operation took place under the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism (EFSM) and was carried out by the European Commission on behalf of the EU. From the proceeds Ireland and Portugal will receive € 2 billion each as further loans as part of their financial assistance packages, in line with the overall funding requirements.

The ECB's crisis response and government-bond purchases have sparked opposition in Germany

A sequence model of German / ECB relations 2010 thru 2011 from the WSJ

 

The Battle of the Bonds - Robert Skidelsky

Everyone knows that Greece will default on its external debt. The only question concerns the best way to arrange it so that no one really understands that Greece is actually defaulting.

ECB buys €22bn in eurozone bonds (chart)

In their weekly aggregate statistics, ECB announced they purchased 22 bn EUR of government bonds last week, which is a record since the austerity purchases began in May 2010 (with an "ambitious 16.5 bn EUR spent week 1). Nearly a hundred bn EUR has been spent in the last 16 months. But compared to the size of Spain's and Italy's bond markets - 2,100 bn EUR - is this just the small beginning of a pseudo EU Debt Office that has to operate in a MUCH larger scale?

Statement by President Barroso on the euro area sovereign bond markets

Developments in the sovereign bond markets of Italy and Spain are a cause of deep concern. These developments are clearly unwarranted on the basis of economic and budgetary fundamentals in these two Member States and the steps that they are taking to reinforce those fundamentals. In fact, the tensions in bond markets reflect a growing concern among investors about the systemic capacity of the euro area to respond to the evolving crisis.

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