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Interviews by the members of the Executive Board

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

"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

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"Low-risk securities, if at all"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in Spiegel on 22 September 2014: "The calm is deceptive" 

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.

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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"

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: "We are navigating uncharted water"
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. "We need to keep a very close eye on the interaction between risks across different markets", Ms Buch says.

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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

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"Extremely low interest rates cannot persist indefinitely"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in BILD on 07 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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"The importance of Russia is not to be ignored"

Interview with Andreas Dombret published in Die Welt on 14 April 2014
"Credit securitisations fell into considerable disrepute during the financial crisis. However, they can (…) – when properly designed – play a crucial role in stimulating lending to small and medium-sized enterprises in particular," said Bundesbank Executive Board Member Andreas Dombret in an interview with the German daily Die Welt. He added that the decisive question was how to make securitisations attractive for investors without harming financial stability.

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"We are expecting robust economic growth"

Interview with Joachim Nagel published in VDI Nachrichten on 11 April 2014
Joachim Nagel expects monetary policy in the United States and Europe to return to normal soon. In an interview he discussed the impact of the low-interest-rate environment, positive cyclical effects and government intervention in the markets.

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Ukraine conflict: repercussions for financial stability appear limited

Interview with Andreas Dombret published in Börsenzeitung on 25 March 2014
"Much still needs to be done" - Andreas Dombret on the next round of financial reforms, the mounting risks of the low-interest-rate policy and dangers in the German financial system

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"Asset purchases must be examined critically"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published by the press agency Market News International on 25 March 2014
Jens Weidmann underscored the fact that, at this juncture, he sees no need for further monetary policy action. He noted that the central bank would, of course, be able to react should conditions deteriorate. However, Weidmann stressed that measures such as asset purchases would not only have to be judged by their effectiveness, but would also have to be in line with the provisions of the Treaty, adding that "we have to ensure that the prohibition of monetary financing is respected."

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No quick-fix macroeconomic stimulus

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in the newspaper Die Welt on 24 February 2014

According to Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann, there is still much to do to return deficits and debt levels back to what is foreseen in the Maastricht criteria.

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Half of German gold reserves will be stored in Germany by 2020

Interview with Carl-Ludwig Thiele, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, published in Handelsblatt on 19 February 2014.

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"Low interest rates will not persist indefinitely"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on 19 February 2014

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Ireland a model for successful adjustment programmes

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in the The Irish Times on 24 January 2014

The reason trust has returned to Ireland is because it fulfilled its programme, according to Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann.

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"Bitcoins are highly speculative"

Interview with Carl-Ludwig Thiele, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, published in Handelsblatt on 6 January 2014.

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Low interest rates: risks rising over time

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in the Wirtschaftswoche on 21 December 2013: "Prices are stable"
Jens Weidmann President of the Bundesbank defends the ECB’s low interest rates – but warns against the force of habit and a standstill in reforms.

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Sense of security possibly false

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in BILD on 28 December 2013: "Euro crisis might flare up again in 2014"
The euro was akin to a patient in rehab, said Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann. Recovering patients needed stamina and strong willpower to avoid suffering a relapse.

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"Greece should stay the course"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in the Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini on 15 December 2013

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"Some of the measures come with unintended side-effects"

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in Il Sole 24 Ore on 9 December 2013: "Weidmann: 'The ECB is ready and able to act'"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann on inflation prospects, weak credit growth, economic challenges in Italy and healthy debates about the right way for the Eurosystem.

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Let’s not start discussing the next round of measures yet

Interview with Jens Weidmann published in Die Zeit on 21 November 2013: "It's good if we contend with each other over the right decision"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann on his role in the euro rescue measures, on savers' woes and the danger of being exploited by the media.

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Markets can turn

Interview with Dr. Joachim Nagel published in the newspaper Euro am Sonntag on 15 November 2013.
The persistent low-interest-rate environment is a challenge for market participants and forces them to look for alternative investment opportunities. According to Joachim Nagel, Member of the Executive Board of the Bundesbank, there are however currently no signs of bubbles on the financial markets.

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"Banks will have to be able to bear risk"

Interview with Sabine Lautenschläger published in the newspaper Handelsblatt on 25 November 2013.
Bundesbank Deputy President on the search for vulnerabilities of the financial institutions, turmoil in the markets and brimming Excel spreadsheets.

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Bringing together the best that individual countries have to offer

Interview with Sabine Lautenschläger published in the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung on 23 October 2013.
Bundesbank Deputy President Sabine Lautenschläger talks about setting up the new bank supervisory mechanism and whether financial institutions get away with too much trickery.

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