Greek government bonds slumped, pushing the yield on the two-year note above 30 percent for the first time, as Prime Minister George Papandreou’s failure to win support for more austerity fueled speculation of a default.
Portuguese and Irish two-year yields also climbed to the most since the euro’s 1999 debut, while the 10-year Spanish yield jumped to the highest since 2000 as the country’s borrowing costs rose at a debt sale. The cost of insuring against default on Greek, Irish and Portuguese government debt surged to records. Papandreou will reshuffle his Cabinet and seek a confidence vote today. German government bonds gained, pushing the 10-year yield to a five-month low.