Slovenia’s bond rally, the biggest among Europe’s former communist nations, risks faltering as a government budget dispute following the cleanup of toxic-bank loans threatens to unseat Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek.
Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek will seek a vote of confidence in her four-party government, which is embroiled in a dispute over how to raise funds and heal the budget after a bank bailout last year.
The European Commission said Slovenia’s overhaul plan to avoid becoming the euro area’s sixth bailout nation is on the right track and the country must be ready to provide more capital for its ailing bank industry.
Slovenia eased concern that it will be the next euro-area state to need a bailout as investors scooped up twice the targeted amount in a debt sale yesterday. The country’s bonds surged and its default risk tumbled.
Slovak assets may rise as parties that pledge to cut the budget deficit and attract foreign investment hold a second day of coalition talks today after taking a majority of seats in weekend parliamentary elections.
Czech Premier Petr Necas pledged to continue deficit cuts that helped reduce borrowing costs after a defeat in regional elections threaten to weaken him as the leader of the coalition government and his party.
The Czech government’s funding costs fell to an all-time low for the fifth consecutive bond auction as the koruna’s appreciation to the strongest in four months added to expectations for interest-rate cuts to zero.