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Bundesbank celebrates 25th anniversary of German monetary union

The Bundesbank marked the 25th anniversary of German monetary union with a ceremony in Leipzig, at which speakers included the former Finance Minister Theodor Waigel and member of the Bundesbank's Executive Board Carl-Ludwig Thiele. Contemporary witnesses detailed their experiences of the currency changeover during a podium discussion.

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Bundesbank celebrates 25th anniversary of German monetary union

1 July 1990 marked the day on which the Deutsche Mark was introduced as the official currency in the then German Democratic Republic and became a symbol of German unity. The Bundesbank played a crucial role in the currency changeover.

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Banks receiving ELA should do their utmost to improve liquidity situation

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has criticised the continued provision of emergency liquidity assistance to Greek banks, which, he remarked, plainly raised serious monetary financing concerns. Respecting the euro area's core principles was indispensable for its success, however.

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TARGET2-Securities successfully launched

The new European securities settlement service, TARGET2-Securities (T2S) was launched on four markets on 22 June 2015. This represents the first step towards establishing a centralised European platform for settling securities and comes roughly seven years after the official launch of the project in 2008. Once migration has concluded in February 2017, T2S will encompass a total of 21 markets across Europe.

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Comprehensive monitoring of inflation expectations

There are additional insights to be gained from going beyond established calculation variables and incorporating inflation options when analysing inflation expectations: so reads the Bundesbank’s recommendation in the June edition of its Monthly Report. Expectations regarding future inflation developments are of major importance to the credibility and effectiveness of a monetary policy with a clear focus on price stability.

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Panel discussion at the 2015 payments symposium

Abolishing cash will not solve problems of weak growth

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann believes that abolishing cash is not the right means of stimulating the sluggish economy in some euro-area countries. At the Bundesbank’s payments symposium, Weidmann stated that the decisive factor was to address weak economic growth.

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June issue of Monthly Report published

In its latest Monthly Report, the Bundesbank presents a detailed outlook for the German economy in 2015 and 2016, which was already published at the beginning of June. Additional focus lies on new instruments for measuring inflation expectations as well as on marketable financial instruments of banks and their role as collateral in the Eurosystem.

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World Bank Group President: Access to finance pivotal to solving global problems 

According to World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, extreme poverty, the threat of pandemics and climate change are the greatest challenges facing the world. In a speech given at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, he stressed the crucial importance of finance as the key to success in solving these problems.

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New Bundesbank representative in Singapore

Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret has paid a visit to Singapore to mark Min-Kyu Jang's appointment as the Bank's new representative in the country. In his speech, Mr Dombret talked about how close-knit the financial markets are, explaining that the Bundesbank was responding to this state of play in a number of ways, including seconding representatives to major financial centres around the world.

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Bundesbank expects strong economic growth in Germany

The Bundesbank has significantly raised its forecast for German economic growth for this year and the next. Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann expects the trajectory of growth to be sustained in equal measure by domestic and foreign demand. However, he sees risks of a setback to economic recovery in the euro area.

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