Banks drag European share market lower

September 12, 2011 13:04

LONDON - European share prices fell to a 26-month low on Monday, led by banks and insurers on concerns over a lack of political unity in the euro zone in tackling the debt crisis and worries grow that Greece could default on its debts.

Adding to the gloom was the failure of the weekend's meeting of finance ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations to come up with any fresh proposals for boosting global growth.

"We would expect policymakers to stimulate the economy, but they are finding it difficult to reach a common viewpoints .. there is no real consensus," said Veronika Pechlaner, a fund manager on the Ashburton European equity fund.

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