Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What happens to the EU after this?

Spain could be forced to seek a bail-out within months, warns Barclays

After Ireland was finally forced this week to ask for financial help from the European Union and International Monetary Fund, Barclays analysts now say it is possible that a similar fate could await Spain.

In the first four months of 2011, the Spanish government and the country's banks must raise about €70bn (£59.2bn) in the bond market, which Barclays said would be a "big test for investor appetite", adding that it was concerned with the "execution risk".

"Our view is that the challenges facing Spain remain substantial – with the likelihood of a positive outcome poor until at least the sovereign and the banks have successfully navigated their way over the funding hump facing them both in Spring 2011," said the analysts.


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