Markets relax on peripheral debt ahead of crucial ECB meeting

Five-year credit default swaps (CDS) on Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain fell today after a sharp rise since the middle of November.

The increase followed an appearance yesterday in the European Parliament, by Jean-Claude Trichet, the president of the European Central Bank (ECB). Trichet reiterated eurozone countries' determination to resolve the region's crisis, and refused to rule out the possibility that the ECB will ramp up its government bond purchasing programme at its governing

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