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12th Aug 2020

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No sweetheart prices for EU states' bonds, ECB says

The €1.1 trillion of bonds the European Central Bank (ECB) is to buy from pandemic-distressed EU states this year must be purchased at market prices, not directly from governments at fixed ones, ECB chief Christine Lagarde has said in a letter to an MEP, Reuters reported Wednesday. Direct buying would go against "disciplined budgetary policy," she said. ECB "helicopter" payments for EU households faced too many "legal complexities," she added.

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Drums of war again, in Europe

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Minsk violence prompts talk of EU sanctions

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Opinion

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