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Franco-German proposal for a reform of the European monetary union

Fourteen economists from France and Germany are presenting a reform package aimed at making the euro area more robust and more resilient to crises as well as allow for sound public finances and stronger economic growth.

Find the joint press release of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich including the paper Reconciling risk sharing with market discipline: A constructive approach to euro area reform[continue reading]

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Europe Foreign Trade and International Economic Relations Macroeconomics

Op-ed of Franco-German Economist Group on EMU reforms

The euro area has recently seen some good news. A broad-based economic recovery is under way. Significant institutional reforms have been achieved, particularly in the area of banking union. Significant economic reforms are under way in several countries, including in France.

As French and German economists committed to Europe and to the friendship between our countries, we are nonetheless concerned that the Euro area continues to face significant fragilities.  Addressing these requires a comprehensive, collaborative push for reforms. If this … [continue reading]

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Business Cycles, Growth, Economic Structure Currency and Financial Markets ECB Economic Policy Europe Macroeconomics

Statement on the ECB council meeting (April 27, 2017)

It is wise for the ECB to stick to its policy strategy and not let itself be impressed by criticism from Germany. The pressure from Germany for the ECB to end its expansionary policy stance prematurely has increased. The ECB is right to resist the pressure from Germany as the economic and financial risks for the euro area are still significant.

The ECB is only gradually getting closer to meeting its price stability mandate as in particular core inflation is … [continue reading]

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ECB Europe Foreign Trade and International Economic Relations Macroeconomics Monetary Policy

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 … [continue reading]

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Currency and Financial Markets ECB Europe Macroeconomics Monetary Policy uncategorized

Supplement: Statement on the result of the Brexit referendum

An important aspect, that has been widely ignored in the debate about the consequences of a Brexit, is the impact on ECB monetary policy. Lower oil prices and a weaker economy in the euro zone and in Germany are likely to increase deflationary pressures further. As a consequence, the ECB is likely to extend its expansionary monetary policy path further into the future. The Brexit will most likely imply a longer period of zero interest rates for the euro area.… [continue reading]

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Currency and Financial Markets ECB Europe Macroeconomics Monetary Policy

Statement on the Federal Constitutional Court’s decision regarding the European Central Bank’s OMT program

The German constitutional court took a wise decision, but which is effectively a reversal of its earlier decision of January 2014. The court now accepts the authority and the decision by the European Court of Justice on the ECB’s OMT program of 2015. The backing down of the German constitutional court is a smart move, as it would inevitably have lost the battle against the European Court of Justice on issues of European law. … [continue reading]

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Currency and Financial Markets ECB Economic Policy Europe Macroeconomics Monetary Policy

Statement on the Decision of ECB’s Governing Council 06/02/2016

The ECB has signaled that low inflation is likely to persist even longer than previously feared. The new projections by the ECB have increased the probability of an extension of QE beyond March 2017. The ECB is putting great hopes into its new liquidity program for banks in order to improve credit to the private sector, strengthen the economy and thereby raise the inflation rate.… [continue reading]

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Currency and Financial Markets ECB Economic Policy Europe Macroeconomics Monetary Policy

Statement on the Decision of ECB’s Governing Council 04/21/2016

“With its decision, the ECB has signalled the continuation of its expansionary monetary policy. The ECB policy of low interest rates will not end soon. I expect interest rates to remain close to zero for another 3 to 4 years.… [continue reading]

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Currency and Financial Markets Macroeconomics Monetary Policy

“In an International Comparison, Too Little Is Being Invested in German Industry”: Six Questions to Marcel Fratzscher

  1. Mr. Fratzscher, there are concerns about an overall lack of investment in Germany. Is the problem more urgent in the public sector or in the private sector?
    The investment gap exists in both the public and private sector. Three years ago, we calculated that Germany’s investment gap amounts to roughly 75 billion euros per year. The investment gap has also been confirmed by other studies. The problem is definitely more urgent in the private sector.
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Statement on the Decision of ECB’s Governing Council 03/10/2016

With its decision the ECB is sending a strong signal that it is strongly determined to use all of its instruments to pursue its mandate of price stability. The further expansion is massive and surprising.The decision underlines the ECB’s concerns over a weakening European economy and the banking system. The ECB had no other choice than to further ease its monetary policy stance given the continued risk of deflation and the weaker outlook for the European economy. … [continue reading]

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