So far, Spain’s handling of these difficult choices has failed to restore confidence. Instead of winning support from international investors and attracting fresh investment, the austerity program has produced bitter fruit: recession, spiking unemployment and little faith that either growth or control of public debt are within reach. With investors still skeptical about Spain’s financial health, the government has to pay about 6 percent interest to borrow money. That rate is too expensive to be sustainable because it will boost the government’s obligations to a level that would be hard to pay off, setting up a deadly debt spiral and forcing Spain to raise interest rates yet higher if it is to convince anyone to lend it more money.
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