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  1. September 11, 2014

    Mario Draghi hits back at critics of asset-backed securities plan

    Mario Draghi has hit back at critics of his plan to revive the eurozone’s recovery by buying hundreds of billions of euros...

  2. Gavyn Davies

    September 4, 2014

    So is this (finally) QE from the ECB?

    The Governing Council of the ECB has announced an important package of new measures, including cuts of around 0.1 per cent...

  1. Gavyn Davies

    September 2, 2014

    Draghi's incursion into fiscal policy

      © Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Mario Draghi’s remarkable speech at Jackson Hole has raised expectations that ECB purchases of...

  2. FT Alphaville

    September 1, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Monday, - “If Blair was Teflon man, Brown was Bostik man.” - The ECB and the Bundesbank. - An Olivier Blanchard...

  3. August 22, 2014

    Draghi softens tone on austerity

    Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank president, has signalled he is becoming increasingly concerned about high...

  4. FT Alphaville

    August 22, 2014

    Deutsch-Rückhalte and le malaise français

    With a hat-tip to our friends at CreditSights, check out the starkly different paths of household indebtedness in France and...

  5. August 13, 2014

    ECB would, for now, prefer to do nothing

    Spring was meant to be the season when the climate of the eurozone’s recovery became sunnier. Instead, as the days...

  6. August 3, 2014

    A desperate Bundesbank has abandoned principle

    When Germany’s conservative central bank calls for wages to rise faster than in the past, you know that something has gone...

  7. July 23, 2014

    Bundesbank chief urges UK to stay in EU

    The head of Germany’s central bank has invoked the ghost of Winston Churchill to urge Britain to stay in the EU, before a...

  8. July 21, 2014

    Bundesbank shifts stance and backs unions’ push for big pay rises

    The Bundesbank has backed the push by Germany’s trade unions for inflation-busting wage settlements, in a remarkable shift...

  9. July 21, 2014

    China and Switzerland sign bilateral currency swap line

    The central banks of China and Switzerland have struck a bilateral currency swap agreement, a move that advances the...

  10. FT Alphaville

    July 14, 2014

    Camp Buba

    Just 10 days after Camp Alphaville? Hmmm. We await a hat-tip from the Bundesbank. From the WSJ: Bundesbank President Jens...

  11. July 13, 2014

    Low interest rates sway German habits towards home ownership

    In Berlin’s leafy Westend district, Grand City Properties, a real estate company which spruces up houses in Germany’s big...

  12. The A-List

    July 10, 2014

    The folly of central banks tightening to keep governments on the leash

    The Bundesbank is right to remind us that the unprecedented monetary accommodation in the eurozone has produced undesirable...

  13. July 4, 2014

    Matteo Renzi hits back at Bundesbank chief

    A simmering battle between Italy and Germany over Rome’s push to ease EU’s budget rules burst into public on Friday when the...

  14. The World

    July 4, 2014

    Rome and Berlin lock horns

    Today Germany and France will meet in their World Cup quarter final in Rio de Janeiro, the latest episode in one of Europe’s...

  15. June 22, 2014

    Anglo-Saxon economies should envy Germany’s rental culture

    There is no shortage of explanations for the resilience of the German economy: its companies are strong; its political and...

  16. June 18, 2014

    IMF calls on ECB to consider quantitative easing

    The International Monetary Fund is expected to sound the alarm on Thursday over the risk of deflation within the eurozone...

  17. Gavyn Davies

    June 5, 2014

    Draghi has done enough to silence the doubters

    In the most important central bank announcements made anywhere in the world this year, the ECB has gone as far as could be...

  18. June 5, 2014

    Draghi has done enough to silence the doubters

    The European Central Bank’s decision to reduce the interest rate on deposits at the central bank to minus 0.10 per cent went...

  19. June 5, 2014

    Draghi tightens central banks’ grip on markets

    Mario Draghi did not launch QE. He launched SE - “something else”. The package of measures unveiled by the European Central...

  20. May 30, 2014

    ECB to tackle deflation threat with rate cut

    The European Central Bank is next week poised to cut interest rates and boost lending to credit-starved smaller businesses...

  21. May 15, 2014

    ‘If the euro falls, Europe falls’

    As soon as Angela Merkel was handed the piece of paper Barack Obama had just passed around the table, her guard went up....

  22. May 15, 2014

    Eurozone fears spook equity markets

    Investors continued to retreat from stocks in Asia on Friday morning after poor eurozone data increased pressure on the...

  23. May 11, 2014

    How the euro was saved - FT series

    To the astonishment of almost everyone in the room, Angela Merkel began to cry. “Das ist nicht fair.” That is not fair, the...

  24. April 30, 2014

    Lid set to remain on price pressures

    Here’s a figure to give even the Bundesbank pause for thought: the eurozone inflation swap market is giving odds of almost...

  25. April 27, 2014

    Hedge funds transmit most financial risk

    Hedge funds may be the biggest conductors of shocks during crises, playing a larger role in transmitting systemic risks than...

  26. April 12, 2014

    ECB preparing to unleash unconventional monetary policy

    Mario Draghi has signalled that the European Central Bank is getting ready to unleash new unconventional monetary policy in...

  27. April 7, 2014

    Central bank policy contrast makes yield gap yawn

    German Bund yields have fallen to their lowest level against their benchmark US counterpart in nearly eight years, as...

  28. Gavyn Davies

    April 3, 2014

    ECB addresses the zero lower bound

    Although the European Central Bank took no concrete action on Thursday in the face of a decline in consumer price inflation...

  29. April 2, 2014

    Dovish, but no QE or negative rates

    A poll by Reuters found 18 of 22 money market traders thought the European Central Bank would not change policy at its...

  30. March 30, 2014

    Weidmann plays tactical game with moderation of tone on ECB policy

    The arch hawk of the European Central Bank has frequently found himself in a minority of one. But for Jens Weidmann, the...

  31. March 29, 2014

    Frankfurt becomes Europe’s first renminbi payment hub

    Frankfurt has pipped London to become Europe’s first payments hub for the renminbi, following the signing of an agreement by...

  32. The A-List

    March 27, 2014

    Reasons to favour eurozone quantitative easing

    The surprising statement by Jens Weidmann, head of the Bundesbank, that quantitative easing “is not out of the question” in...

  33. FT Alphaville

    March 26, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian stocks were on upward path after US consumer confidence hit a six-year high and tensions over Ukraine eased....

  34. March 26, 2014

    S&P 500 falters after nearing record high

    Wednesday 18:00 GMT. An early push by US stocks toward record highs ran out of steam by the close, in spite of mildly...

  35. March 25, 2014

    Bundesbank hawk signals backing for QE

    One of the biggest barriers to the European Central Bank buying government bonds to save the eurozone from deflation was...

  36. March 13, 2014

    Bundesbank president attacks Angela Merkel’s policies

    The head of Germany’s Bundesbank has attacked Chancellor Angela Merkel’s reform agenda, warning that changes to the labour...

  37. February 28, 2014

    Ich bin auch ein Investor

    Last week I stood on the roof of the famous Reichstag building in Berlin and looked to the east. The television tower at the...

  38. February 21, 2014

    Bitcoin – bonkers or brilliant?

    Not since the dotcom bubble at the turn of the millennium, when business plans that would have been laughed out a bank...

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