Daily Archives: October 27, 2008

Tony Barber

To get an idea of how the global financial crisis is testing the stability of the eurozone, look at the ever-widening spread between the yields on German and Italian 10-year government bonds: 25.8 basis points one year ago, 69.6 one month ago, 72.3 one week ago and 95.6 today.

With Greece the situation is even more acute: the spread between German and Greek bonds shot above 100 basis points last week for the first time since Greece adopted the euro in 2001. It is now close to 120 basis points. Portuguese, Spanish, Belgian and even Austrian and Dutch yield spreads are also wider than at any time since Europe’s monetary union started in 1999. Read more