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ESMA flags record sovereign debt burden

The European Securities and Markets Authority said outstanding EU sovereign debt reached a new record high in the first quarter this year, hitting €11.5tr, or 88% of EU GDP. In the eurozone, the total was €9.1tr or 93.9% of GDP (against the 60% required under the Maastricht treaty), according to the regulator’s Trends and Vulnerabilities report.

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