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"Several governments did not use the time"

 Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann believes that the French and Italian governments have finally accepted that reforms had been put on hold for too long. Implementation was now key, he said in an interview with the German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, adding that he sincerely hoped for success because both countries were extremely important for the stability of the euro area.

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ECB publishes first-ever monetary policy meeting account

The European Central Bank (ECB) has published its first-ever account, a document summarising the discussions of the ECB Governing Council's monetary policy meetings. The minutes of these meetings, however, will continue to remain locked away for 30 years.

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Weaker upward pressure on prices in the housing market

According to the Deutsche Bundesbank's current Monthly Report, prices for apartments and houses are still increasing, but upward pressure on housing prices has weakened, especially for properties in urban areas.

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Marked pick-up in German economy

The steep slide in oil prices and the euro's depreciation stimulated economic growth in Germany towards the end of 2014. Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 0.7% in real terms in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the third quarter. The Bundesbank writes in its latest Monthly Report that the economic upturn is set to continue in the current year.

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"Structural problems cannot be resolved by printing money"

The President of the Bundesbank, Jens Weidmann, believes that measures taken by central banks cannot take the place of necessary structural reforms. During a speech in London, he welcomed the assurances of some European heads of government that they do not intend to ease up in their efforts, but also expressed a certain degree of scepticism.

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Weidmann: Short-term financial assistance can only buy Greece time

According to Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann, short-term financial assistance can only buy Greece time. Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Istanbul, Weidmann said that Greece could only solve its problems in the long run by making its public finances solid and its economy more competitive.

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Bundesbank receives final payment from Lehman insolvency proceedings 

The Bundesbank received its final payment from the insolvency proceedings concerning Lehman Brothers Bankhaus AG (LBB) in January 2015. This means that the original claim of around €8.5 billion plus accrued costs and interest receivable of roughly €0.8 billion from the years following the insolvency have been settled in full.

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Weidmann: Member states responsible for their policies

The extensive package of measures taken to combat the sovereign debt crisis have led to risk being redistributed among the member states of the euro area, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann told a conference in Venice. This, he said, undermines the necessary foundation for a stable and prosperous monetary union.

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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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