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ECB Bond Purchases Lessen Pressure for Reforms, Asmussen Says

November 27, 2011

Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) -- The European Central Bank’s purchases of bonds issued by troubled countries curb pressure on governments to carry out debt-cutting reforms, Joerg Asmussen, designated member of the ECB’s executive board said in an interview with Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. “If government bonds are purchased unconditionally in every quantity by a European authority and taken off the market, then this would lessen the pressure for reforms on indebted countries,” Asmussen was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

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