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"We are not omnipotent"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has expressed concern about the increasing politicization of central banks. "This gives rise to the danger that too much is being asked of central banks," Mr Weidmann told the Handelsblatt newspaper. "The more we are seen to be bending our rules and playing a political role, the harder it becomes to stick to our mandate," he explained.

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G7 finance ministers and central bank governors in Dresden

G7 finance ministers and central bank governors consulting in Dresden

The finance ministers and central bank governors of the seven most industrialised nations (G7) have come together in Dresden. Under Germany’s G7 presidency, they are discussing how to make the global economy more dynamic and the financial system more stable. Also on the agenda is greater cooperation for fairer taxation.

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Europe needs more capital

Bundesbank Deputy President Claudia Buch welcomes plans by the European Commission to build a capital markets union. In a guest article for the German daily Handelsblatt newspaper, she writes that improving enterprises' access to capital should be the main thrust of the planned reforms.

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Bundesbank: treatment of fiscal rules is a cause for concern

The Bundesbank believes that the European Commission's most recent actions weaken Europe's fiscal rules. Owing to numerous exceptions, frequent changes and the increasing complexity of the rules, it is now "barely possible" to apply them consistently, the Bundesbank argues in the current edition of its Monthly Report. It sees the weakening of the binding effect of the rules and of the incentives to ensure sound public finances in the euro area as a cause for concern.

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May issue of the Monthly Report: private consumption driving the German economy

The Bundesbank is expecting continued distinct economic growth in the coming months. According to the current issue of the Monthly Report, private consumption is the key driver of this growth. In the industrial sector, however, the Bundesbank's economists expect a more sluggish economic development.

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“Each individual bank has to hold its own in a competitive environment”

On 4 November 2014, the European Central Bank (ECB) assumed responsibility for supervising the most significant banks in the euro area. For Germany’s smaller banks the primary points of contact will remain the Bundesbank and BaFin. However, Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret said that not only the big banks, but also smaller institutions, will have to face the challenges presented by the market and the Single Supervisory Mechanism’s guidelines for banks in Europe.

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Alexandre Lamfalussy

Bundesbank mourns the passing of Alexandre Lamfalussy

Alexandre Lamfalussy, one of the founding fathers of the euro, passed away on 9 May at the age of 86. Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann praised him as one of the important pioneers of European monetary union.

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IMF: Germany should strengthen the foundations of economic success

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects Germany’s upswing to continue in 2015, according to the preliminary conclusions of the “Article IV consultations” for Germany. Growth is being supported mainly by private consumption, according to the Fund. The IMF’s economists recommend that Germany use the favourable cyclical position in order to accomplish important policy objectives.

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"Sustainable growth cannot be built on a mountain of debt"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has warned of the risks and side-effects of the Eurosystem's extremely expansionary monetary policy. Among other things, it significantly weakened the disciplining of fiscal policy by the financial markets, he said at an event in Essen.

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"Phase of low interest rates will stick around for some time yet"

German banks need to make their business less reliant on interest rates, Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret says, suggesting that innovative ideas were one way of achieving that goal. Credit institutions would also benefit from gearing their business models more towards fee and commission income, he said in an interview with the German business weekly Wirtschaftswoche.

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Conferences

Expert Panel "Central bank transparency and monetary policy communication"

Call for papers: The Deutsche Bundesbank would like to encourage experts from central banks around the world to submit their application for the Expert Panel on 14-16 July in Frankfurt by sending us a presentation title and a short abstract. To promote lively discussions we are eager to invite people with similar level of experience in the respective area. Please follow the link to see the list of topics that are of particular relevance to the expert panel. Deadline for online submissions: 28 May 2015.

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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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