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Nations Underestimated Gravity of Debt Crisis: Trichet

2:39 AM ET Mon, 31 Oct 2011

"We said from the very beginning that is was something which was potentially very important and that one should not underestimate the gravity of the situation... we were not pleasing a lot of interlocutors including the governments that had a tendency to say 'no it's not that important, it's not a big deal' and so forth and I would say that unfortunately experience has proved that our diagnosis was right," Jean Claude Trichet, outgoing head of the European Central Bank told CNBC in an interview.