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Exclusive: ECB's Lagarde asked euro zone ministers to consider one-off 'coronabonds' issue - officials


BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde asked euro zone finance ministers during a videoconference on Tuesday evening to seriously consider a one-off joint debt issue of "coronabonds" to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, four officials said. A second official confirmed that Lagarde put forward the idea, but said it ran into opposition from Germany, the Netherlands and other northern European countries that have long been against any joint debt issuance.