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Rajoy begs for `more than half an hour' - FT.com
On his last day of campaigning, Mr Rajoy was commenting on continued turmoil in eurozone sovereign bond markets following this week's increase in borrowing costs for Spain and Italy to critical levels and the forced departure of the elected leaders of both Italy and Greece.

"I hope this stops," Mr Rajoy said in an Onda Cero radio interview, urging markets to "realise that there are elections and that the winners must be given a little room for manoeuvre that should last more than half an hour".

As he spoke, Spain's risk premium - a measure of perceived riskiness based on the interest rate spread of its 10-year bonds over German Bunds - rose above that of Italy for the first time since August. On Friday afternoon, Spanish 10-year bonds were yielding 6.76 per cent, Italy's 6.67 per cent and Germany's 1.99 per cent, according to Bloomberg data.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 18th, 2011 at 03:33:13 PM EST
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Poor Mr Rajoy must now be in acute pain as the strings are being attached to his hands, feet, head and jaw.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Nov 18th, 2011 at 11:01:48 PM EST
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The guy ended the election campaign last night with "I guarantee we'll get out of this one".

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Nov 19th, 2011 at 03:19:09 AM EST
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aka famous last words.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Nov 19th, 2011 at 05:05:43 AM EST
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One wonders if they intend to tank the economy so hard in the first year of their term that it can only get better afterwards.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Nov 19th, 2011 at 05:43:00 AM EST
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If that is the plan it looks like they will have plenty of help.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Nov 19th, 2011 at 09:35:51 AM EST
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Seen here

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Nov 19th, 2011 at 03:18:33 AM EST
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