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Comprehensive assessment to be finalised 

The Single Supervisory Mechanism will be launched on 4 November 2014. Before the ECB assumes responsibility for the supervision of the 120 largest banking groups in Europe, they are being subjected to a comprehensive assessment. The results will be presented on 26 October 2014. Those that do not pass the test will have to react quickly.



Economy characterised by very subdued growth in second half of 2014

The Bundesbank believes that the German economy has made very little headway in the course of the third quarter of 2014. According to the current issue of the Monthly Report, Bundesbank economists expect growth to remain subdued in the fourth quarter thanks to the slight decline in new orders received by industry and the gloomy prevailing sentiment.


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Weidmann: "No need for a debt-financed fiscal stimulus"

According to Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann, the structural barriers that impede competition, innovation and productivity form the biggest bottleneck for growth in the euro area. The member states of the European Union – including Germany – still had much to do with regard to economic reforms, said Dr Weidmann in a speech he held in Riga.


ECB Governing Council on 2 October 2014 in Naples © ECB / La Presse Torino

ECB Governing Council agrees details of purchase programmes

The ECB Governing Council agreed the details of its asset-backed securities and covered bond purchase programmes in Naples on 2 October 2014. The purchases are aimed at facilitating credit provision to the euro-area economy. Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann is critical of these programmes.


 Dr. Jens Weidmann

Weidmann warns against loss of credibility

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has spoken out in favour of a strict application of the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact. As he commented at a recent event in Bielefeld, if these rules were again stretched to their absolute limits, the credibility of the Pact would suffer enormously.


International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Weidmann: "Flash-in-the-pan economic stimulus packages" of little help

Against the backdrop of an increasingly gloomy global economic outlook, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has rejected calls for economic stimulus packages. In the run-up to the IMF Annual Meeting, he said that in his view "adopting flash-in-the-pan economic stimulus packages" was "of little help" in facilitating sustainable growth.


Dr. Andreas Dombret

The euro - taking off or staying grounded?

Financial markets have to work like any other market, and this is particularly true of market entry, market exit and market power, said Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret in a speech he held in Chicago. With regard to macroeconomic imbalances, he added, more structural reforms are required.


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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German Maastricht debt level revised to €2.16 trillion

The Bundesbank has recalculated Germany's general government debt level using amended EU-wide calculation standards for the country's autumn notification under the European budgetary surveillance procedure. The new figures show that general government debt as defined in the Maastricht Treaty amounted to €2.159 trillion at the end of 2013, which is €12 billion higher than calculated previously.


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German equities mostly foreign-owned

Most listed equities of enterprises domiciled in Germany are held by non-resident investors. This is shown by a recent analysis of the Bundesbank's statistics on securities investments, published in the September Monthly Report. The Bundesbank's economists believe that this can be seen as reflecting the growth in international ties.