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Rating agency puts six countries, including Italy and Spain, on a negative watch; also warned about a French downgrade in two years;concludes that a comprehensive solution to the eurozone debt crisis is politically and technically beyond reach; Jean Quatremer says the downgrade threat for Belgium is unfair
Vittorio Grilli says the EU has to do more to solve the crisis - prioritising to reverse the liquidity crunch, and strengthen the EFSF/ESM; Mario Draghi warns about the costs of a eurozone breakup; the troika is about to tell the Greek government to make further savings of 2bn; the Portuguese opposition rejects a constitutional change, but is willing to support a "golden rule" in secondary legislation; Germany's president Christian Wulff is engulfed in a property loan scandal that might cost him his job; Jens Weidmann says ECB would not increase bond purchases even if the crisis got worse; he also said eurosystem would not refinance EFSF/ESM even if they did have a banking licence
Jürgen Stark says ECB bond purchases were an important reason for his decision to resign; Wolfgang Münchau says France really is in a worse shape than the UK; Ronald McKinnon, meanwhile, writes that the eurozone needs a James Hamilton.
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