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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.


 Dr. Jens Weidmann

“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.


 Dr. Jens Weidmann

"Particular responsibility"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has issued a reminder of the special role played by the large member countries of the European monetary union. "That is why it is so important to pass reforms which strengthen forces for growth," Mr Weidmann said in a joint interview with the newspapers El Pais, Le Figaro and La Repubblica.


Dr Karl Otto Pöhl

Obituary for Karl Otto Pöhl: independence, humanity, humour

A thorn in the side of policymakers but indispensable to the Deutsche Bundesbank. Former Bundesbank President Karl Otto Pöhl passed away on 9 December 2014 in Switzerland, his adopted home country, at the age of 85.


Jens Weidmann and Josef Joffe at an event of the Deutsches Wirtschaftsforum in the "Frankfurter Paulskirche" © Convent Kongresse GmbH

Weidmann: "There is no easy, convenient solution"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has warned of the risks and side-effects of unconventional monetary policy measures. Addressing an audience in Frankfurt am Main, Mr Weidman said that programmes like those used in the United States, the United Kingdom or Japan could not simply be transposed to the euro area.


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German economy remains in good shape

Following a brisk start to the year, the German economy suprisingly lost momentum. Nonetheless, in its new projection the Bundesbank predicts that this will only be a temporary lull. The Bundesbank's economists forecast that gross domestic product will increase by 1.4% in 2014 and by 1.0% next year. In 2016, the economy could see growth of 1.6%.


Picture shows Jens Weidmann and Moderator Werner D´Inka at the event ©  Kirsten Bucher / Wirtschaftsinitiative FrankfurtRheinMain

"Retirement at 63 sends the wrong signal"

The German population is shrinking and ageing. In a speech delivered in Frankfurt am Main, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann advocated making greater use of the labour potential of the elderly and investing more in training. He also called for greater emphasis to be placed on fostering growth and competition through economic policy in a bid to counteract the far-reaching economic consequences of demographic change.


Dr Jens Weidmann during his speech at the Süddeutsche conference © Stephan Rumpf

Kickstarting growth through innovation

Speaking at the Süddeutsche Zeitung's economic summit, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has rejected calls for a government stimulus package in Germany. Instead, he told the conference, it was innovative products and well trained labour which would "kickstart growth". Sabine Lautenschläger, member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, and Federal Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble were also speakers at the event.


Photo shows Jens Weidmann © Jens Braune / Maleki Group

Jens Weidmann: More capital makes banks more resilient to crises

In a speech given at the European Banking Congress in Frankfurt am Main, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann spoke out in favour of banks building up higher levels of capital, arguing that having more own funds would enable banks to better absorb losses. "This makes the entire financial system more stable and more resilient to crises," remarked Weidmann.


Photos of the press conference of the Financial Stability Review 2014 © Frank Rumpenhorst / Bundesbank

"Don't be lulled into a false sense of security"

The situation in the international financial markets is characterised by low interest rates and low volatility. The longer the period of low interest rates lasts, the greater the risk of exaggerations in certain market segments, Claudia Buch, Deputy President, and Andreas Dombret, Executive Board member, said at the presentation of the Deutsche Bundesbank's 2014 Financial Stability Review.


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