Statement on today’s meeting of the Council of the European Central Bank (ECB), July 21, 2016


The European Central Bank is facing a difficult dilemma. The slower the euro area economy is growing, the lower interest rates and the harder it becomes for the ECB to implement its public sector purchase program. The ECB has assumed a wait-and-see strategy in the hope that its new measures will be effective and the economy will not deteriorate further. Italy’s banking crisis, more than the Brexit, is an enormous risk for the entire euro area, also for Germany, and will have a significant impact on the ECB’s monetary policy in the years to come.

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Marcel Fratzscher

Author: Marcel Fratzscher

Marcel Fratzscher ist Präsident des Deutschen Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW Berlin) und Professor für Makroökonomie und Finanzen an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. / Marcel Fratzscher is President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and Professor of Macroeconomics and Finance at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

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