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"Growing likelihood of price bubbles"

Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret currently sees no signs of a real estate price bubble in Germany. However, high liquidity levels and low interest rates make a bubble more likely, warned Dombret at a speech in Berlin.

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Rise in the number of counterfeit banknotes detected by the Bundesbank

The number of counterfeits recorded by the Bundesbank has risen by 63% on the year. Bundesbank Executive Board member Carl-Ludwig Thiele says that the incidence of counterfeits in Germany is still low on the whole, however. The €50 note is a particular favourite among counterfeiters.

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 Dr. Jens Weidmann

"Purchase of government bonds harbours risks"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann is critical of the ECB Governing Council's recent decision to purchase government bonds. He does not consider such a programme necessary at present, and sees a risk that the purchases might reduce the pressure on crisis countries to reform. He said that the specific structure would mitigate at least some of the problems that government bond purchases entail.

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Euro Exhibition in Osnabrück © Hermann Pentermann / Bundesbank

Euro exhibition in the City of Peace now open

A ceremony in Osnabrück marked the opening of an exhibition entitled "The new face of the euro". New banknotes of the second series, also known as the "Europa" series, will be amongst those taking centre stage in the Cultural History Museum until 3 May.

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Jens Weidmann at the New Year reception of the Chambers of Industry and Commerce in Ulm and Oberschwaben-Bodensee © Rolf Schultes / IHK

"Soundness must not take a back seat to flexibility"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has warned that the budgetary rules in the euro-area countries should not be interpreted too flexibly. Speaking at an event in Biberach, Mr Weidmann said that sound budgets were a key prerequisite for the stability of the single currency, for which every member state was responsible.

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Signs of an economic improvement

The Bundesbank sees signs of a more rapid upturn in economic activity in Germany than widely expected. In its latest Monthly Report, the Bundesbank cites the positive consumer climate as well as favourable developments in industrial orders and output as factors underpinning this. The economists expect the dramatic fall in crude oil prices to have a marked effect on growth.

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Pictures of a commemoration ceremony for Karl Otto Pöhl © Uwe Nölke / Bundesbank

Bundesbank commemorates Karl Otto Pöhl

The Bundesbank has marked the passing of its former President Karl Otto Pöhl in a commemorative ceremony. "Today we mourn the passing of an outstanding figure in the world of central banking who was instrumental in paving the way for European monetary union," said Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann at a commemorative ceremony in Frankfurt am Main. Karl Otto Pöhl passed away on 9 December 2014 at the age of 85.

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Compromise reached over resolution fund

The financing arrangement for the Single Resolution Fund has now been agreed upon, bringing a period of protracted negotiations to a close. This move means that another key pillar of the banking union is about to be put in place.

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Claudia Buch with Adair Turner © Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen

Policymakers must implement new rules for banks

At an event held in Frankfurt am Main, Bundesbank Deputy President Claudia Buch discussed the new rules for regulating credit institutions with representatives from the world of politics and academics. "The framework is in place; now policymakers must implement the rules," said Ms Buch.

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 Dr. Jens Weidmann in einem Interview

"Government bond purchases are not a silver bullet"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has warned against false expectations surrounding the government bond purchases that are currently under discussion, explaining that the impact they would have was both rather modest and uncertain. Speaking in front of around 70 members of the International Club of Frankfurt Economic Journalists, he stated that he did not see any clear need for such a move at present, either.

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