Euro crisis: ECB to buy bonds

The European Central Bank has announced plans to calm the euro crisis by buying struggling government bonds in return for "strict and effective" conditions.

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ECB's decision is a 'game changer' says chief economist

The chief economist of the Institute of Directors has described the ECB's decision to enter secondary bond markets as a "game changer."

Graeme Leach said:

The ECB's decision to enter secondary bond markets could be the game changer the IoD has long argued for.

But there's a hitch. ECB action is conditional and depends on countries such as Spain signing up for even more austerity.

The key question is whether more austerity is politically possible with 25 per cent headline and 50 per cent youth unemployment

– Graeme Leach, chief economist at the Institute of Directors

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