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German economy picking up perceptibly

Germany's economy grew strongly at the start of 2016, the Bundesbank writes in its latest Monthly Report. Exports had recovered from a lull to join private consumption and construction activity in propelling activity.



Strong growth in the German economy

According to the calculations of the Federal Statistical Office, the German economy grew by 0.7 % in the first three months of 2016, with households and general government being the main drivers. In April, consumer prices fell for the first time since January 2015.


Jens Weidmann

A difficult setting for banks

In a speech he gave in Frankfurt am Main, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann stated that it was indeed appropriate to make the regulation of the banking sector more stringent as a lesson learned from the financial crisis. However, he added that a further tightening (Basel IV) was not on the agenda. He also refuted the accusation that Germany was saving too much and investing too little.


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Production and issuance of the €500 banknote will be discontinued

On 4 May the ECB Governing Council decided to no longer produce and issue the €500 banknote. The €500 note will remain legal tender and retain its value for an unlimited period of time.


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Weidmann: "Align action and liability more closely in the euro area"

In a speech in Rome Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann pointed out that, in order to permanently stabilise the euro area, action and liability again must be aligned. This principle should apply not only to banks, but also for policy decisions in the euro area.


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Corporate sector purchase programme to launch in June

The European Central Bank has published technical details on the corporate sector purchase programme. Starting in June, six Eurosystem central banks, including the Deutsche Bundesbank, will execute the CSPP.


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Bundesbank discussion paper explores inflation expectations in the euro area

Low inflation rates defined the euro-area economy in the past two years. A recently published discussion paper by the Bundesbank's Research Centre investigates whether this has had any impact on important long-term inflation expectations.


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Energy prices decisive for inflation

Inflation in Germany has fluctuated strongly in the past eight years. The Bundesbank's economists have now examined the extent to which the Phillips curve model explains recent price developments. Import and energy prices have turned out to be particularly decisive.


Carl-Ludwig Thiele

The dawn of the digital age

Board Member Thiele explained in Hachenburg that the new digital age was posing challenges to the banking industry, with innovative payment options and many new banking and payment service providers capturing the market outside established cashless means of payment.


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Robust growth in the German economy

According to the Bundesbank's latest Monthly Report, growth in the German economy in the first quarter of 2016 was characterised, in particular, by domestic factors such as consumption and construction, whereas exports generated little stimulus.


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