To the world's shock Germany couldn't sell an entire lot of $6 billion euro bonds today. People throughout the world have not heard any reliable solution to the Euro sovereign debt problem from public officials, if you follow this writer you know this writer believes the only practical solution is for distressed countries to force their own people to buy their bonds and to a minor degree the ECB to print money and buy these distressed countries bonds coupled with these distressed countries changing their fiscal policy to cut spending and increase revenues. Nevertheless, regardless of the major economic changes that need to take place to fix this problem, a great improvement a critical help can be provided to improve this problem to rein in the terribly high interest rates some of these European Union countries are having to pay on the bonds they sell these days by regulators of world markets especially the European Union and the U.S. markets "banning the short selling of sovereign debt bonds" for European Union countries. Short selling refers to an investor borrowing a security and selling the borrowed security with the hope that the security will fall in value by the time the security has to be returned so the short seller can buy a replacement security at a cheaper price than he or she originally sold the security for and pocket the difference as a profit; short selling is a bet a security will lose value over time. Short selling of these distressed European Union countries bonds has to be creating downward pressure on the price of these bonds it has to be undermining stable pricing and thus stable yields on these bonds. When investors of these bonds see that investors are shorting these bonds to a high degree it has to shake their confidence in these bonds which has to be causing these investors to not buy these bonds or demand a higher interest rate for these purchases. European Union regulators very prudently ban the short selling of stocks of European financial institutions such as banks which shields these banks stocks from many batterings that would drive down their stock prices worse than they currently are. Banning short selling of sovereign debt bonds makes even more sense than banning it for bank stocks because stock pricing is more objective based than bond pricing stock pricing is generally arrived at by taking a multiple of earnings, the multiple fluctuates based on the state of the economy or the industry but it is a pretty settled pricing system generally bond pricing on the other hand is a much more subjective and opaque system it is a matter of gaging a soverigns' ability to repay its outstanding bond obligations and determining how many bonds a sovereign has to sell in an upcoming time period and gauging sovereign debt investors interest in buying such amount of bonds. Sovereign bond investors have to be concerned about how much can I sell a sovereign debt bond for if I don't hold it until maturity and that is largely just guesswork, largely just making a subjective opinion call and when one sees the influence of shorting bonds on this situation it just makes the whole situation worse when large scale shorting a sovereign's bonds takes place such shorting makes buying investors of such sovereign's bonds loose confidence and makes them skittish about buying or makes them demanding higher yields. It really is a no brainer that banning short selling of European Union sovereign debt bonds would help this sovereign debt problem for the world, it wouldn't be a solution because these sovereigns are leveraged too high but it would help in the investor confidence part of the problem!