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Independent agency should monitor budgetary rules in future

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has called on policy makers to make a clear policy decision between requiring greater individual national responsibility under the current Maastricht framework and taking the step towards political union. In a guest article for the German weekly news magazine "Focus", he warns of the negative effects of an overly tentative approach to deepening integration. "Instead of political union, baby steps can unwittingly take us into a no-man's-land of unclear responsibilities," he writes. Mr Weidmann goes on to advocate establishing an independent agency which would be tasked with overseeing compliance with budgetary rules in future.

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Joachim Nagel

"Financial markets are not one-way streets"

Bundesbank Executive Board member Joachim Nagel sees the fall in stock prices in China as a necessary adjustment brought about by a slowdown in economic growth. He does not believe that current developments signify a looming global financial crisis. "China's economy is strong enough to withstand an emergency, should financial market stability as a whole become jeopardised," said Dr Nagel in an interview with the German business daily Börsen-Zeitung.

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Italy introduces TARGET2-Securities for securities settlement

On 31 August 2015, the Italian central securities depository, Monte Titoli, together with the Italian banking community, successfully migrated to the new European securities settlement platform TARGET2-Securities (T2S). This marked a further milestone on the road towards the creation of a European hub for securities settlement in Europe and also signified the completion of the first migration wave.

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Bundesbank: growth in the German economy could continue

Following a period of fairly robust growth in the German economy in the first two quarters of 2015, the Bundesbank's economists expect gross domestic product to continue its positive development in the second half of the year. Growth in the second quarter was chiefly due to buoyant exports.

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Buch: Granting Greece explicit debt relief would breach no-bailout principle

Bundesbank Deputy President Claudia Buch says a Greek haircut would be difficult because much of the country's government debt was already held by the public sector. Granting explicit debt relief would breach the no-bailout principle, which prohibited one euro-area member state from assuming the debts of another, she said in an interview with the Börsen-Zeitung.

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Bundesbank: An important partner at your side

Whether supplying cash to the economy, being actively involved in banking supervision or giving talks to the general public under the rubric of economic education, the Bundesbank is on hand as a service provider, supervisor and information provider at approximately 40 locations throughout Germany.

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Monthly Report: structural problems holding back growth of emerging market economies

The emerging market economies have grown significantly over the past 20 years, increasingly becoming the engine fuelling global growth. Recently, however, economic momentum in China, Russia and other countries has tailed off considerably. In the July Monthly Report, the Bundesbank's economists look into the drivers behind this development.

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Dombret: no shared liability for bank deposits

Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret has spoken out against quickly creating a joint deposit protection scheme. "In the absence of a joint euro-area fiscal policy, there should not be any shared liability for protecting bank deposits," he stated in an interview with the news magazine Focus.

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Jens Weidmann during his speech at the Börsentag 2015 © Börsen-Zeitung

"A single monetary policy requires integrated financial markets"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has called for the greater integration of European financial markets. Higher capital requirements for systemically important financial institutions, a functioning resolution mechanism, an end to the preferential regulatory treatment of sovereign debt and the removal of regulatory and tax barriers for capital markets - particularly for equity capital markets - are key prerequisites for this, he said.

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Steep rise in households' financial assets

In the first quarter of 2015, households' financial assets rose exceptionally steeply, climbing by just under €140 billion, or 2.8%, on the quarter to a total of €5,212 billion. This is primarily attributable to holding gains on mutual fund shares and shares.

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Rise in the number of counterfeit banknotes in Germany

The number of counterfeit euro banknotes seized by the Bundesbank in the first half of 2015 was up 31% on the second half of 2014. However, measured against the amount of cash in circulation in Germany, the incidence of counterfeits remained low, said Bundesbank Executive Board member Carl-Ludwig Thiele. Of all the denominations, €20 and €50 banknotes were counterfeited particularly frequently.

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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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Bundesbank - Gold bars

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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