The ECB is almost certain to follow today’s 75bp rate hike with further aggressive increases in the coming months. We doubt that even a recession would cause the Bank to halt rate hikes. Against that backdrop, and with uncertainty about policymakers’ willingness to use the new Transmission Protection Instrument, there is significant upside risk to peripheral bond spreads.
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