14 Apr '11, 6pm

Europe stocks end lower

Europe stocks end lower

LONDON: European stock markets closed lower Thursday in choppy trade as investors reacted nervously to German comments that Greece might have to restructure its debt, stoking fresh fears over the eurozone. Dealers said an unexpected jump in US new unemployment claims also hit sentiment, denting confidence in the US economic recovery after recent jobs data had been much more encouraging. Greek money market rates jumped sharply after German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble suggested that Athens might have to restructure its debt, meaning investors would lose out and touching a sensitive nerve. Although careful to say any such restructuring would be voluntary, the mere fact that Schaeuble raised the issue stoked market jitters over the eurozone debt crisis which has so far claimed Greece, Ireland and Portugal. The European Commission has until now ruled out any restructuri...

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