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The European debt crisis: implications for Asia and the Pacific

The European debt crisis: implications for Asia and the Pacific

Asia-Pacific economies are increasingly concerned about the impact of the public debt crisis in a number of European economies. In recent months, the scale of public debt in Greece in particular, but also in Ireland, Portugal and Spain, has led to credit downgrades and increases in the debt servicing costs of those countries. In response, their Governments have pledged to close their fiscal deficits and decrease their levels of debt in the coming years through stringent programmes of budget cuts, as affirmed recently by the G-20.[...]