June 16, 2015
by Marcel Fratzscher
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An Overwhelming Success for the European Central Bank

The decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is an overwhelming success for the European Central Bank (ECB). The OMT program has been ruled to be fully consistent with European law. The ruling means that the ECB has an additional, important monetary policy instrument to fight the European crisis. It implies that the OMT program has not become superfluous with the start of the current QE program of the ECB. On the contrary, a Grexit and renewed intensification of

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January 14, 2015
by Marcel Fratzscher
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Strong and Overwhelming Support for the ECB

Statement on the recommendation of the ECJ advocate general Cruz Villalón on bond purchasing of the ECB

The recommendation of the advocate general of the ECJ is an overwhelming success for the European Central Bank (ECB). Such a strong and overwhelming support for the ECB is surprising and could not have been expected. The decision finds the OMT program to constitute a legal instrument of monetary policy that pursues a legitimate objective. The recommendation is in clear contradiction to the

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February 12, 2014
by Marcel Fratzscher
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Germany’s Pyrrhic Victory

This article was first published on Project Syndicate on 10 February 2014.

The German Constitutional Court has ruled against the European Central Bank’s pledge to buy potentially unlimited quantities of distressed eurozone countries’ government bonds, and has called on the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to confirm its decision. Until that happens, the “outright monetary transactions” (OMT) scheme is effectively dead, weakening the ECB’s ability to act as an effective and credible financial-market backstop at a time when European governments

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February 7, 2014
by Marcel Fratzscher
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Temporary End of the OMT Programme

The German Constitutional Court today declared that the OMT programme of the European Central Bank (ECB) constitutes a violation of European law, and asked the European Court of Justice to confirm its ruling. The curiosity is that the German Constitutional Court has no mandate to issue such a ruling on European law, as stressed by the two dissenting judges.

The ruling implies a temporary end to the OMT programme, as it would be highly controversial for the ECB to implement

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