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Interviews by the members of the Executive Board

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

"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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"It is now a matter of global implementation"

Interview with Andreas Dombret published in the newspaper Die Welt on 15 October 2013.
Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret on the arduous battle for more stable banks.

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"A liberation for the Bank"

Interview with Helmut Schlesinger, Former Bundesbank President - Bundesbank Magazin, edition 4 / 2013
Former Bundesbank President Helmut Schlesinger witnessed at first hand the collapse of the Bretton Woods system in 1973.

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“A minimum wage has to be depoliticised”

Interview with Jens Weidmann, President of the Deutsche Bundesbank – Welt am Sonntag 29 September 2013.

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann is known as a vocal critic of Southern European policymaking. He is now also urging reforms in Germany – although he has come to terms with some things

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Interest rates won't remain low for years

Interview with Joachim Nagel and Benoît Cœuré - Boersen-Zeitung, 12 September 2013
Bundesbank Executive Board member Joachim Nagel doesn't expect interest rates to remain low for years. Banks have to understand that the current monetary policy regime is truly exceptional, he explains in a joint interview with ECB Executive Board member Benoît Cœuré.

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Weidmann: Debt haircut for Greece does not solve problems

Interview with Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann in the Leipziger Volkszeitung on 7 September 2013
"Even if we did support such transfer payments from European to Greek taxpayers, they would not make the structural problems in Greece go away,” said Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann in an interview with the Leipziger Volkszeitung.

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"The crisis is not over"

Interview with Jens Weidmann, President of the Deutsche Bundesbank – Handelsblatt 26 August 2013.
The President of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Jens Weidmann, talks about new aid for Athens, the limited power of the European Central Bank and the resolution of ailing financial institutions.

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"The two organisations benefit from each other’s specific expertise"

Interview with Dr Andreas Dombret and Felix Hufeld
The Bundesbank and BaFin are collaborating closely in insurance supervision. In an interview, Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret and BaFin Chief Executive Director Felix Hufeld explain how that collaboration benefits both organisations as well as Germany as a financial centre.

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"Not everything is permissible"

Interview with Jens Weidmann, President of the Deutsche Bundesbank – Süddeutsche Zeitung 24 June 2013.
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann explains why he agrees with the President of the European Central Bank on many issues, just not the purchase of sovereign bonds – with references to Goethe and Mephistopheles.

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"The network is stretched"

Interview with Sabine Lautenschläger published in the newspaper Handelsblatt on 21 June 2013.
Banks should be obliged to hold own funds which cover the risks associated with government bonds, as the crisis has shown that such risks do indeed exist.

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"It's worth fighting for"

Interview with Jens Weidmann, President of the Deutsche Bundesbank – Le Point 24 May 2013.

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"Anything but a petty crime"

Interview Andreas Dombret, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank Handelsblatt, 21 May 2013

The Handelsblatt newspaper interviews Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret on the subject of reference rates.

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“No one should rely on low interest rates“

Interview with Jens Weidmann, President of the Deutsche Bundesbank – Bild am Sonntag, 19 May 2013

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Germany shows: reforms pay off

Interview with Jens Weidmann, President of the Deutsche Bundesbank – Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, 9 May 2013

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