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Greek party chief resists EU/IMF pressure on pledge

photoATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's creditors failed on Saturday to persuade the leader of the main conservative party to drop his refusal to sign a pledge that he will back austerity measures under a bailout deal aimed at saving the country from financial ruin. Antonis Samaras, leader of New Democracy, one of three parties in a new national unity coalition struggling to avert a disastrous default, says there is no need to provide a written guarantee because his word can be trusted. ...


Insight: Even Germany not immune to euro zone crisis

photoLONDON (Reuters) - German bonds have so far been viewed as the last bastion of safety in the euro zone sovereign debt markets but some prices are beginning to suggest their allure will not be eternal. A relentless rise in southern European countries' borrowing costs and the hefty premium they pay over Germany overshadowed an unusual development this week -- German yields rose as the euro zone crisis sucked in France and the Netherlands, rather than falling as they did when Italy fell victim. The yield premium that investors demand to hold 10-year U.S. ...


Greek party chief resists EU/IMF pressure on pledge

photoATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's creditors failed on Saturday to persuade the leader of the main conservative party to drop his refusal to sign a pledge that he will back austerity measures under a bailout deal aimed at saving the country from financial ruin. Antonis Samaras, leader of New Democracy, one of three parties in a new national unity coalition struggling to avert a disastrous default, says there is no need to provide a written guarantee because his word can be trusted. ...


Insight: Even Germany not immune to euro zone crisis

photoLONDON (Reuters) - German bonds have so far been viewed as the last bastion of safety in the euro zone sovereign debt markets but some prices are beginning to suggest their allure will not be eternal. A relentless rise in southern European countries' borrowing costs and the hefty premium they pay over Germany overshadowed an unusual development this week -- German yields rose as the euro zone crisis sucked in France and the Netherlands, rather than falling as they did when Italy fell victim. The yield premium that investors demand to hold 10-year U.S. ...