The interest that Belgium now has to pay on government ten-year-bonds has risen above 4.3%. The interest rate that Germany has to pay on its long term bonds decreased slightly. The spread now totals 267 base points.
Elsewhere in the Eurozone Italy saw its long term interest rate rise above 7% for the first time. Greece, Portugal and Ireland all experienced similar difficulties and were ten forced to request assistance from the EU and the International Monetary Fund.