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EU: Fitch downgrades Spain by three notches and blames European leaders
The Telegraph ^ | 6/7/2012 | Louise Armitstead

Posted on 06/07/2012 5:48:16 PM PDT by bruinbirdman

A serious mishandling of the debt crisis by European leaders led Fitch to axe Spain’s credit rating by three notches and issue a warnings on the stability of country’s banks, debt levels and economy.

In a report that will be embarrassing for Berlin and Brussels, the credit rating agency said “policy mis-steps at the European level” and an “absence of a credible vision” for the euro had resulted in a “dramatic erosion of Spain’s sovereign profile.”

Spain’s credit rating was cut to BBB from A leaving the eurozone’s fourth biggest economy languishing just above junk status.

Fitch said the cost of bailing out its banks is likely to cost around €60bn (£48.6bn) but could rise to as much as €100bn, the rating agency said, more than three times higher than the €30bn in its last “baseline estimate”.

Fitch hiked up its estimates of government debt levels from 82pc of GDP by 2013 made at the beginning of this year to 95pc by 2015. The rating agency said that it no longer expected Spain’s economy to return to growth next year but remain in recession for 2012 and 2013.

While Spain is at the centre of the storm, all sinner states have been effected, Fitch said. “The absence of a credible vision of a reformed [monetary union] and financial ‘firewall’ has rendered Spain and other so-called peripheral nations vulnerable to capital flight and undercut their access to affordable fiscal funding,” the report said.

It added: “The dramatic erosion of Spain’s sovereign credit profile and ratings over the last year in part reflects policy mis-steps at the European level that in Fitch’s opinion have aggravated the economic and financial challenges facing Spain as it seeks to rebalance and restructure the economy. The intensification of the eurozone crisis in the latter half of

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events; Russia; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: europeanunion; france; germany; greece; portugal; russia; spain; unitedkingdom

1 posted on 06/07/2012 5:48:21 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

It’s all Francisco Franco’s fault.

2 posted on 06/07/2012 5:52:55 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

I am surprised they didn’t blame Bush, like Zero

3 posted on 06/07/2012 6:50:50 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks bruinbirdman.

4 posted on 06/07/2012 8:54:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (
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