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ECB to reassure on cheap money as virus woes persist

Frankfurt - Christine Lagarde is expected to stress the European Central Bank's commitment to cheap money on Thursday as Europe's biggest economies battle a surge in coronavirus infections that could slow the eurozone recovery.

Markets look to ECB for reassurance on cheap money

Frankfurt Am Main - The European Central Bank is on Thursday expected to stress its commitment to keeping borrowing costs low, as inflation concerns and a slow vaccination drive weigh on the eurozone economy.

ECB to beef up stimulus as second virus wave bites

Frankfurt Am Main - The European Central Bank is set to unleash more stimulus for the eurozone at its last meeting of the year on Thursday, as the region's battered economy grapples with a second coronavirus wave.

ECB shouldn't be 'shy' in virus fightback: board member

Frankfurt Am Main - The European Central Bank shouldn't worry about being too proactive in its monetary policies to combat the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, executive board member Fabio Panetta said Tuesday.

German MPs bid to close case on ECB bond-buying row

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany's parliament is expected to put to bed Thursday fears that the country's powerful central bank could be barred from participating in a crucial eurozone-wide bond-buying scheme.

ECB stands firm after shock German ruling on bond buying

Karlsruhe - The European Central Bank on Tuesday stood firm after Germany's top court questioned its massive bond-buying stimulus scheme, vowing to do "everything necessary" to fulfil its mandate of ensuring price stability.

German court puts squeeze on ECB over bond buying spree

Karlsruhe - Germany's top court on Tuesday demanded clarification of a key element of the European Central Bank's support to the eurozone economy, but stopped short of overturning its "quantitative easing" (QE) bond-buying scheme altogether.

ECB says could accept 'junk' bonds as collateral for loans

Frankfurt Am Main - European Central Bank governors agreed Wednesday that banks could put up so-called "junk" bonds as collateral when borrowing from the Frankfurt institution, in case eurozone governments and firms see their credit ratings downgraded as they grapple with...

ECB eases bank funding rules in 'unprecedented' step

Frankfurt Am Main - The European Central Bank on Tuesday announced an "unprecedented" easing of collateral requirements in a bid to boost bank lending during the coronavirus crisis.

ECB brings 750 bn euro bazooka to virus fightback

Frankfurt Am Main - The European Central Bank on Wednesday unexpectedly said it would spend 750 billion euros on "emergency" bond purchases, as it joined other central banks in stepping up efforts to contain the economic damage from the coronavirus.

Owl-right start for ECB's Lagarde in first 100 days

Frankfurt Am Main - Wearing an owl brooch to her January press conference, Christine Lagarde made clear her determination to run the European Central Bank differently from her predecessors as it hunts for a way out of crisis-management mode.

Smooth-talking Lagarde faces first ECB grilling

Frankfurt Am Main - New European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde makes her first monetary policy announcements Thursday, with observers hunting for clues to her leadership style and the bank's response to stuttering eurozone growth.

Germany resists fresh calls to boost govt spending

Paris - Germany resisted fresh pressure Wednesday to boost European growth through increased public spending after incoming European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde urged countries with budget surpluses to open their purse strings.

New ECB chief Lagarde criticises Germany for low spending

Paris - Incoming European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde on Wednesday took aim at Germany and other thrifty eurozone members running budgetary surpluses, saying they should increase their spending to shore up slowing growth.

Merkel, Macron praise Draghi's 'European dream' as ECB chief bows out

Frankfurt Am Main - French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday lauded Mario Draghi for defending "the European dream" in the face of opposition as he handed over a divided ECB to Christine Lagarde.

Departing Draghi looks to bind wounds at ECB

Frankfurt Am Main - At his final press conference Thursday, departing European Central Bank president Mario Draghi will downplay differences among policymakers over September's big-bang stimulus package, hoping to limit their impact on the institution's effectiveness, ana...

Key moments in Draghi's eventful ECB tenure

Frankfurt Am Main - Mario Draghi hands over the keys of the European Central Bank to Christine Lagarde on October 31, leaving the former IMF chief a eurozone economy struggling to stay in gear.

Eurozone fiscal rules 'should be revisited': ECB's Draghi

Frankfurt Am Main - European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said Monday that eurozone fiscal rules "should be revisited" to allow countries more flexibility to spend where needed to boost growth and fight downturns.

Lagarde urges policymakers to resolve manmade economic threats

Washington - Accustomed to being the first woman in influential leadership positions and speaking frankly to men in power, Christine Lagarde says manmade threats to the global economy can be "man-fixed.

Moment of truth for ECB on new round of stimulus

Frankfurt Am Main - After 2019 opened with hopes the European Central Bank could begin "normalising" policy after years of buttressing the eurozone, governors appear set for a fresh unconventional turn Thursday, under pressure from financial markets.

Lagarde signals plan to stick to Draghi's ECB expansionary path

Frankfurt Am Main - The ECB's next chief Christine Lagarde signaled Thursday that she would stick with Mario Draghi's controversial expansionary monetary policy that has propped up the eurozone economy amid growing risks to growth.

ECB set to sketch path for new stimulus

Frankfurt Am Main - The European Central Bank is likely to point Thursday to a cut in interest rates in September, analysts say, although recent hints about kick-starting sluggish growth and inflation might even bring forward a move to this week.

Frankfurt returns to normal after WWII bomb defused

Frankfurt Am Main - Thousands of residents in German city Frankfurt were free to return to their homes Sunday afternoon after authorities reported that an unexploded World War II bomb found close to the European Central Bank headquarters had been defused."We did it!

Central bank outsider Lagarde to chart new ECB course

Frankfurt Am Main - IMF chief Christine Lagarde may be breaking ground as the first woman to be nominated as head the European Central Bank, but her political background and lack of central bank experience raise important questions about monetary policy independence in h...

IMF's Lagarde 'honored' to be tapped to head European Central Bank

Washington - International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Tuesday announced she would step down "temporarily" from the global crisis lender after being nominated to lead the European Central Bank.

Christine Lagarde continues to break glass ceilings

Washington - Christine Lagarde has made a career out of breaking glass ceilings in the halls of international finance and is now poised to break one more, leading the European Central Bank.

ECB under pressure to ease growth, inflation fears

Vilnius - European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi is expected to outline plans on Thursday to offer fresh assistance to banks and hint at further options to counteract rising worries about growth and inflation in the eurozone.

ECB debates switching course before change of helmsman

Frankfurt Am Main - Politics will have an unusually large role in picking a new chief for the European Central Bank this year, as the switchover coincides with European Parliament elections and the choice of a new Commission.

ECB to hold course as threats to growth linger

Frankfurt Am Main - The European Central Bank will hint Wednesday at moves to support the eurozone economy but stop short of new action, analysts expect, as the Frankfurt institution eyes lingering political risks.

Latvia central banker gets green light to travel abroad

Riga - Latvian prosecutors on Tuesday said they had temporarily lifted a travel ban on the eurozone country's central bank chief who is facing bribery charges, allowing him to attend a board meeting of the European Central Bank.
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Protesters block entry to the European Central Bank on Friday  May 31  2013.
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