Eurozone rates slashed to 1.5%

Eurozone interest rates have been slashed by a half percentage point to the lowest level ever as the European Central Bank responds to continental Europe’s worst recession since the second world war.

The ECB said its main interest rate would fall from 2 per cent to 1.5 per cent, bringing the total cut since early October to 275 basis points, and taking the eurozone’s monetary guardian into territory not charted since the euro’s launch in 1999.

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