A Convention Floor View Of The European Debt Crisis

Spanish borrowing costs are soaring, as investors digest the terms of a $125 billion bailout deal for Spanish banks. European businesses fear a crackup of the euro zone may soon be unavoidable.


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Janine Iannarelli of Houston-based Par Avion Ltd. recently attended the European Business Aviation Convention in Geneva. She says buyers were in a very cautious mood, and it was easy to see why.

“The impression I got is that the EU’s going to implode here unless something is done to rein in spending and curb debt.”

Iannarelli, who sells pre-owned aircraft, says she tries to get better deals for her clients by looking for what’s on sale in the most troubled European markets.

“The dollar is gaining in strength, and there’s pressure on the owners of these aircraft is to divest themselves of the asset. Obviously that comes at the expense of someone, but my obligation is to make the best deal for the party I represent.”

While Spain is currently at center stage in the European debt crisis, markets are soon likely to shift their attention back to Greece. Greek voters go to the polls Sunday for their second parliamentary election in as many months.


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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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