Economic output in Germany declined in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest edition of the Bundesbank’s Monthly Report. Many services sectors suffered larger losses than in the previous quarter due to containment measures being tightened and prolonged. In addition, the upturn in industrial output was not sustained in the first two months.
Weidmann: Financing terms should evolve in line with economic recovery
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann says financing conditions play a crucial role on the road to price stability, but there’s more to it than just glancing at the indicators. If those indicators flag changes, he states, the job of central banks is to analyse exactly how those changes came about. “I believe that financing terms should be able to evolve in line with the economic recovery in the euro area. It’s not a matter of using monetary policy to cement a particular interest rate level,” Mr Weidmann said in a speech delivered virtually in Frankfurt.
In the year that the coronavirus pandemic began, general government debt in Germany was up by €275 billion to €2.332 trillion. The debt ratio, meaning the ratio of debt to gross domestic product, rose from 59.7% to 70.0% in 2020, which is the sharpest increase in the debt ratio within the space of a year since German reunification.
New NGFS report outlines measures to address climate risk
The Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) has released its latest report, entitled “Adapting central bank operations to a hotter world”, which outlines specific options available to central banks to factor climate-related risks into their monetary policy operations. Bundesbank Executive Board member Sabine Mauderer called the report a milestone.