UPDATE 2-Greece says its problems are euro zone issue

* Greek officials say Greek woes are a euro zone issue

* Spain, Portugal may follow

* Greece victim of unprecedented speculative attack

* Confident EU will back deficit plan

* Greek finmin says would back joint euro zone bond

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By George Georgiopoulos and Harry Papachristou

ATHENS, Feb 2 (BestGrowthStock) – Greece said on Tuesday its fiscal
problems were also an issue for the whole of the euro zone,
warning other members may fall prey to what its leaders called
an “unprecedented” attack by speculators.

Financial markets have been pounding Greece for weeks and
the premium investors demanded for holding Greek debt rather
than German bunds hit a euro lifetime high of around 405 basis
points last Thursday.

“Following Greece, there are other countries, like Spain and
Portugal,” Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou told an
economic conference.

“This is why the Greek issue, despite its particular Greek
characteristics, is also a euro zone issue,” he said.

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UPDATE 2-Greece says its problems are euro zone issue