Share prices across Europe tumbled on Thursday amid fears of a global economic slowdown and the impact of the Ebola crisis.
The main stock markets in the UK, Germany and France fell more than 2%, tracking a sell-off in Asia and on Wall Street.
On Wednesday, London’s FTSE 100 saw its heaviest one-day fall in 16 months.
Borrowing costs for Greece and Italy rose, and investors looking for a safe haven pushed the gold price higher.
Analysts said that a raft of disappointing economic and corporate news had unnerved investors.
Recent poor data from China, Germany and the US have heightened worries that global economic recovery could go into reverse.
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