The EU "core" gets reduced as Citi's Jorgen Michels removes the Netherlands from the group of...

|By:, SA News Editor

The EU "core" gets reduced as Citi's Jorgen Michels removes the Netherlands from the group of rock-solid credits. While the government has just a 66% debt/GDP ratio (vs. 88% EU average), the nation's highly leveraged consumers are sucking wind from tight financial conditions and Dutch banks are increasingly reliant on ECB liquidity. EWN +10% YTD.