Italy Still Is Europe's Debt King, But France Gets Closer-continued

March 26, 2019--Italy remained the holder of Europe's biggest public-debt burden in 2018 even after France's rose to almost match it.
France's debt reached 2.3153 trillion euros ($2.62 trillion), just 1.4 billion euros below its southern neighbor's.

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May 23, 2019--1. Review of financial, economic and monetary developments and policy options
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May 23, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today an update of its Q&As on the European Benchmarks Regulation (BMR).
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determination of the Member State of reference; and
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Victims lost on average over £14,600 last financial year
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IMF Working paper-CoMap: Mapping Contagion in the Euro Area Banking Sector
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