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Interviews by the members of the Executive Board

Here you find interviews by the members of the Executive Board.

"Time is running out"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in Focus on 28 March 2015: "Greece will have to live with the consequences"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann does not rule out Greek bankruptcy. Time is quickly running out for the Tsipras government to avert a state bankruptcy according to Mr Weidmann.

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"More still needs to be done"

Interview with Andreas Dombret published in Euro am Sonntag on 28 March 2015

Andreas Dombret, Bundesbank Executive Board member for Banking and Financial Supervision, discusses lessons from the financial crisis, the risks ECB policy poses for the central bank and the dangerous search for yield on the markets.

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"No responsible central bank would go down such a route"

Interview with Dr Joachim Nagel in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on 16 March 2015: "The bond purchase programme harbours risks"
Even if central banks could cover potential balance sheet losses by printing more money, this is at most a theoretical scenario for Bundesbank Executive Board member Joachim Nagel.

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Banking regulation: important reforms are still outstanding

Interview with Andreas Dombret published in Süddeutsche Zeitung on 11 March 2015: "Banks will have to adapt"
Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret discusses the consequences of the Europe-wide stress test and forthcoming regulatory reform.

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"Several governments did not use the time"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in the weekly newspaper "Die Zeit" on 26 February 2015: "It did not work"
In this interview, the Bundesbank President speaks about assistance for Greece, reforms in Europe and the Eurosystem's government bond-buying programme.

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"Debate on debt haircut is unhelpful"

Interview with Claudia Buch published in WirtschaftsWoche on 9 February 2015

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"There have to be incentives to reform and keep one’s fiscal house in order"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in the newspaper Börsen-Zeitung on 05 February 2015
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann is troubled by the increasing fusion of monetary and fiscal policy caused by the ECB’s government bond purchase programme.

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"Fatal consequences for banks"

Interview with Joachim Nagel published in Handelsblatt on 28 January 2015
Bundesbank Executive Board member warns of the dangers of discontinuing the assistance programme. Greece will continue to be reliant on assistance, also in the future, Mr Nagel told the Handelsblatt newspaper. He does not believe that a haircut would bring about a lasting improvement for the country.

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"There will have to be a lot of acclimatisation at first"

Interview with Andreas Dombret published in Börsen-Zeitung on 28 January 2015
Andreas Dombret, member of the Bundesbank's Executive Board, is calling for the off-site supervision of banks and regulatory decisions to be separated from one another in the medium term.

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"The risk of exaggerations increases"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in Welt am Sonntag on 25 January 2015
Sovereign bond purchases are not a conventional monetary policy instrument, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann stresses in an interview with Welt am Sonntag. He also warns against the side-effects and potential consequences in the financial markets.

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Why we voted against the ECB's trillion-euro package

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in Bild on 24 January 2015
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann is sceptical about the ECB Governing Council's decision to purchase government bonds. In an interview with BILD-Zeitung he speaks about the risks the programme entails and warns against leaving the path of reform embarked upon.

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We shouldn't be telling people what means of payment to use

Interview with Carl-Ludwig Thiele with Capital online on 21 January 2015
Bundesbank Executive Board member Carl-Ludwig Thiele does not believe that cash is being crowded out by other payment systems. In an interview with the German economic journal, "Capital", he talks about German consumers' payment habits and the future of cash.

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"Ultimately, everyone would have to shoulder the losses."

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) on 28 December 2014
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann is optimistic about 2015. "Provided there are no major political crises, I see no reason for doom and gloom", he commented in an interview with the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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"Special responsibility"

Joint interview with Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann published in El Pais, Le Figaro and La Repubblica on 12 December 2014

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Claudia Buch: "Need bigger risk buffers in the system"

Interview with Claudia Buch published in Börsen-Zeitung on 14 November 2014
There are still banks capable of jeopardising the stability of the entire financial system. A new set of rules is designed to now force systemically important institutions to maintain private funds in order to cover their losses in an insolvency. Bundesbank Deputy President Claudia Buch discusses the details of the new requirements with the Börsen-Zeitung newspaper.

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"Banks need to be able to fail"

Interview with Andreas Dombret published in Focus magazine on 10 November 2014
Andreas Dombret, Member of the Executive Board of the Bundesbank, urges banks to work on their profitability. Otherwise not all will be able to survive in the euro area.

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"Mergers of banks might make sense in individual cases"

Interview with Andreas Dombret published in Bild-Zeitung on 3 November 2014
Banks are finding it increasingly difficult to generate sufficient returns in the low-interest-rate environment, says Bundesbank Executive Board Member Andreas Dombret. "Mergers can be a sensible way of cutting costs in individual cases – but only if it's two strong partners which are joining forces," he said in an interview with Bild-Zeitung.

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Weidmann: Fiscal rules must be accepted

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in the Latvian magazine "Ir" on on its website ir.lv 23 October 2014
In an interview with the Latvian magazine "IR", Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said that sound public finances were crucial for the credibility of a stability-oriented monetary policy. "With a view to the specific institutional set-up of the monetary union, it is important that fiscal rules are adhered to because the costs of an unsound policy can be partly shifted to other member states", he added.

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"Whoever bears the liability should also hold the reins of control"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on 11 October 2014

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"Decision on risks for taxpayers lies with elected politicians"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in the Wall Street Journal on 8 October 2014
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann voiced concerns that the Eurosystem will end up paying too much for its purchases of asset-backed securities, thereby ultimately shifting risks to taxpayers.

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"Low-risk securities, if at all"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in Spiegel on 22 September 2014
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann on loose monetary policy and the risks to governments and taxpayers.

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More capital makes financial system more stable

Interview with Claudia Buch published in Süddeutsche Zeitung on 25 September 2014
Bundesbank Deputy President Claudia Buch on new risks in the financial market, her career and getting up early.

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"Risk is still a factor at banks"

Interview with Andreas Dombret published in Handelsblatt on 15 September 2014
Bundesbank Executive Board Member Andreas Dombret has called for more progress to be made in the field of banking regulation. In an interview with the Handelsblatt newspaper, he said: "I am not yet fully satisfied with how this 'too-big-to-fail' problem is being dealt with at the international level." A lot of "small steps" had been taken, but the "great leap" was still missing, he added.

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"A healthy banking culture will help to prevent new crises"

Interview with Andreas Dombret published in Wiener Zeitung on 23 August 2014
Bundesbank board member Andreas Dombret quotes Seneca: "Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit."

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"France must set a good example"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in Le Monde on 13 August 2014
In an interview with the French daily newspaper Le Monde, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann called on France to capitalise on its leading role in Europe and set a good example in budgetary matters. It is important for a reinvigorated France to play its part as one half of the Franco-German engine of Europe, said Weidmann.

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"We do not interfere in wage negotiations"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on 30 July 2014

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We've made the system safer

Interview with Andreas Dombret published in Wirtschaftswoche on 14 July 2014
Bundesbank Executive Board Member Andreas Dombret on the organisation of the bank stress test, the challenges it presents, and how government bonds should be treated going forward.

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Resilience of economy is government's job

Interview with Dr Andreas Dombret in Hürriyet 14 July 2014

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Playing with fire

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in Welt am Sonntag on 13 July 2014
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann sees perils in financial market crises. A discussion on the tactical fight against an ‘arbitrary approach to monetary policy’.

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"Staking out financial stability as a policy area"

Interview with Claudia Buch published in Die Zeit on 26 June 2014
Identifying risks to the stability of the financial system and using the appropriate instruments to mitigate them is the task of the Deutsche Bundesbank's Financial Stability Department, for which Deputy President Claudia Buch is now the responsible member of the Executive Board. In an interview in the German news weekly DIE ZEIT, she discusses exaggerations in the real estate and equity markets and what regulators can do about them.

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In the eye of the supervisor: stability

Interview with Dr Andreas Dombret in Positionen – the magazine for German insurers – on 16 June 2014
Europe must not relax its reform efforts, says Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret. In this interview, he discusses the debt crisis and explains why life insurers need to respond appropriately to changes in framework conditions.

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ECB measures are a "wake-up call"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in Börsen-Zeitung on 10 June 2014
Following the implementation of the latest monetary policy decisions, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann issues a call for vigilance. In an interview with Börsen-Zeitung, he spoke of the risk of exaggerations in the financial and real estate markets. Monetary policymakers need to take care not to generate harmful distortions, Weidmann said.

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"Extremely low interest rates cannot persist indefinitely"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in Bild on 7 June 2014

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"The ECB cannot solve Europe's problems"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung on 22 May 2014
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann talked to "Süddeutsche Zeitung" in the run-up to the European elections. He made clear that the ECB must not subordinate its goal of price stability to other goals such as ensuring the solvency of governments.

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"Surprisingly calm response from capital markets"

Interview with Andreas Dombret published in the Czech daily newspaper Hospodářské noviny on 15 May 2014
In an interview with the Czech daily newspaper Hospodářské noviny, Executive Board Member Andreas Dombret talked about economic progress in the euro-area periphery countries, the strong euro and the crisis in Ukraine. He said that as things stand it is fairly unlikely that the growing tensions in Ukraine will dampen the global economic recovery.

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