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Interviews by the members of the Executive Board

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

No shared liability for bank deposits

Interview with Andreas Dombret published in Focus magazine on 25 July 2015
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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"There is not all that much time left to reach an agreement"

Interview with Bundesbank PresidentJens Weidmann published in El Mundo, Les Echos und La Stampa on 18 June 2015: "The existence of the euro is not tied to events in Greece"
According to Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann’s assessment, the existence of the euro is not tied to events in Greece. "Whatever the risks of a Greek sovereign default, we need to ensure that the foundations of the monetary union as a stability union are not eroded", he said in an interview published in El Mundo, Les Echos und La Stampa.

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"We do not perceive a real estate price bubble"

Interview with Claudia M. Buch published on RP (Rheinische Post) Online on 13 June 2015
Claudia Buch is one of Germany's leading economists. The 49-year-old professor from Paderborn has been Deputy President of the Bundesbank since May 2014, and has a seat at the table when the European Central Bank (ECB) decides on the fate of Greece. She spoke to Antje Höning about the euro crisis, inflation and the abolition of cash.

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"Time is running out"

Interview with Andreas Dombret published in Bild-Zeitung on 1 June 2015: "How much of a risk would a Greek bankruptcy pose for German savings?"
Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret believes that neither the European Central Bank nor banking supervisors can resolve Greece's structural problems. "The ball is in the politicians' court," said Mr Dombret. He added that it would be wise for the Greek government to act quickly as "time is running out for Greek banks".

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"We are not omnipotent"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in Handelsblatt on 15 May 2015: "It should not have come to this"
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.

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

Interview with Andreas Dombret published in Wirtschaftswoche on 8 May 2015
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.

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"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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