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Weidmann: do not artificially weaken German competitiveness

Speaking on the sidelines of the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann voiced his opposition to proposals for economic policy measures to counteract German current account surpluses. It would be “absurd”, Weidmann said, to discuss measures aimed at artificially weakening German competitiveness.

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Scope for cutting contribution rate to unemployment insurance scheme

The Bundesbank believes that there is some scope for lowering the contribution rate to the unemployment insurance scheme. It notably proposes using taxpayers' money to finance the Federal Employment Agency's non-insurance-related benefits in future. By contrast, the Bundesbank's economists, writing in the latest Monthly Report, take a sceptical view of suggestions to introduce a European unemployment insurance scheme.

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Monthly Report April: continuation of upswing in Germany

The Bundesbank is expecting economic growth in Germany to remain quite robust. According to the current issue of the Monthly Report, the underlying pace of economic activity is still high. The Bundesbank’s economists believe that private consumption will be the main driver of growth.

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Sharp rise in demand for loans for house purchase in Germany

Demand for loans for house purchase and consumer credit rose sharply in Germany in the first quarter of 2015. This is revealed by the Bundesbank's most recent Bank Lending Survey in Germany. The increased demand was met with only a slight change in German credit institutions' credit standards.

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Conference on Debt and Financial Stability – Regulatory Challenges © Frank Rumpenhorst / Bundesbank

"Sovereign debt needs to be backed by capital"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann calls for a reassessment of the risks of government bonds in banks’ balance sheets. At a high-level Bundesbank conference in Frankfurt am Main, he advocated moving forward with a European solution should it be impossible to achieve global agreement.

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Next step to European financial integration: the capital market union

Andreas Dombret, member of the Bundesbank´s Executive Board, considers a capital market union to be another project that will contribute to enhancing the stability of the European economy. "Following monetary union and the banking union, this will be the third major step of financial integration in Europe", he said in a speech at the South African Institute for International Affairs in Johannesburg.

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Debt level and debt ratio as defined in the Maastricht Treaty, 2000-2014

German Maastricht debt ratio down markedly to 74.7%

According to the provisional Bundesbank calculations, general government debt in Germany as defined in the Maastricht Treaty amounted to approximately €2.168 trillion at the end of 2014. The debt level thus increased by €2 billion on the year. Owing to nominal GDP growth, the debt ratio decreased by 2.4 percentage points to 74.7%.

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 Dr. Jens Weidmann

"Time is running out"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann believes that Greece does not have much time left to avert a sovereign default. "It is crucial that there is less talk and more action," he said in an interview with Focus magazine. In his view, if the negotiated reform agreements were met, the country would be able to enjoy economic success again.

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New Bundesbank app for smartphones and tablets

The Deutsche Bundesbank has launched its own app for smartphones and tablets, which is available for download free of charge. This new app provides users with the latest information on Bundesbank publications, matters of interest and key dates, all in one convenient location. An interactive module on banknote recognition explains the security features of euro banknotes.

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Germany´s gold reserves

The relocation of Germany's gold reserves is currently in full swing. In 2014, the Bundesbank transferred 120 tonnes of gold to Frankfurt am Main from storage locations abroad: 35 tonnes from Paris and 85 tonnes from New York. A new film explains how Germany's gold reserves came into being and the reasons behind the relocation.

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Technical Central Bank Cooperation

International Central Banking Courses 2015

The Centre for Technical Central Bank Cooperation will be offering a range of international central banking courses in 2015 as well. Please use the online application to apply. An overview of these courses you can find here.

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The German gold reserves  

The relocation of Germany's gold reserves is currently in full swing. In 2014, the Bundesbank transferred 120 tonnes of gold to Frankfurt am Main from storage locations abroad: 35 tonnes from Paris and 85 tonnes from New York.

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