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ECB floods markets with money

The European Central Bank will purchase the government bonds of euro countries on a large scale. Can this cash injection give their economies a boost or will the ECB simply finance more sovereign debt with its money press?

Avvenire - Italy | Friday, 23. October 2015

Europe stuck on ECB's drip

The European Central Bank is contemplating extending its bond-buying programme. ECB chief Mario Draghi announced on Thursday that further quantitative easing measures would be examined in December. Europe will remain in intensive care for some time to come, the Catholic daily Avvenire predicts: » more

ETC - Sweden | Thursday, 2. April 2015

German conservatives bringing disaster on Europe

The conflict over the Greek debt and the conditions for further support from the Eurozone countries highlights how the ideas of Germany's conservative CDU ruling party dictate events in Europe, writes the left-leaning daily ETC: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 1. April 2015

ECB spread fears of deflation prematurely

According to a report published by EU statistics agency Eurostat on Tuesday, prices in the Eurozone dropped only minimally in March. The liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung sees this as evidence that the warnings of deflation were exaggerated, along with Mario Draghi's quantitative easing policy: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 19. March 2015

The ECB also to blame for riots

Violent protests accompanied the inauguration of the new ECB headquarters in Frankfurt on Wednesday. The anger against the European Central Bank is to some extent justified, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung observes: » more

De Tijd - Belgium | Monday, 9. March 2015

Only investors benefit from ECB cash flow

The European Central Bank launches its huge bond-buying programme today, Monday. The business daily De Tijd warns of a bubble: » more

Main focus of Friday, 6. March 2015

Draghi leaves Athens without cheap money

The ECB will launch its large-scale bond-buying progrramme on Monday. ECB chief Mario Draghi confirmed on Thursday that Greek bonds wouldn't be included for the ... » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Friday, 6. March 2015

ECB choking Greek economy

Greece will not take part in the ECB's bond-buying programme because it does not yet fulfil the requirements for ECB loans, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Thursday. The liberal online daily To Vima criticises this decision: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, 5. March 2015

Draghi securing recovery in Europe

The large-scale bond-buying programme will help put the recovery in the Eurozone on a stable footing, the liberal business daily Financial Times comments approvingly: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 6. March 2015

State financing by central bank absurd

The example of Greece shows just how dangerous and absurd the ECB's strategy is, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung warns: » more

Blog David McWilliams - Ireland | Monday, 26. January 2015

Bond buying useless without debt relief

The bond-buying programme announced by the ECB last week will only revive the Eurozone if crisis countries like Greece receive debt relief at the same time, economist David McWilliams explains in his blog: » more

Main focus of Friday, 23. January 2015

ECB sends stock markets soaring

Share prices soared on Thursday in reaction to the ECB's announcement that it will launch a multi-billion euro bond-buying programme. Meanwhile the euro dropped below ... » more

Weekendavisen - Denmark | Friday, 23. January 2015

An anti-depressant for Europe

The ECB's decision could rouse Europe from its lethargy and help it to start seeing the many political and economic crises as an opportunity, the conservative weekly Weekendavisen writes: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, 23. January 2015

ECB giving speculators more money to play with

The ECB's quantitative easing programme is neither necessary nor effective, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes and warns of dangerous side effects: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Friday, 23. January 2015

Draghi's money gives crisis states a respite

The conservative daily The Times welcomes ECB chief Mario Draghi's announcement: » more

Politis - France | Thursday, 22. January 2015

Euro finance system on the verge of collapse

After the failure of the austerity policy, the ECB's decision in favour of quantitative easing now points to a complete collapse of the European financial system, the left-leaning weekly magazine Politis comments: » more

Turun Sanomat - Finland | Friday, 23. January 2015

Exports benefit from low euro

It is still unclear to what extent the ECB's bond purchases will stimulate the economy, but what is certain is that the drop in the euro exchange rate will give export trade a significant boost, the liberal daily Turun Sanomat believes: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 22. January 2015

ECB to decide on bond-buying programme

The ECB's Governing Council is widely expected to unveil a large-scale plan for the purchase of government bonds at its meeting today, Thursday. The decision ... » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Thursday, 22. January 2015

Central bank takes fateful decision

The ECB's announced decision to buy government bonds is the most significant monetary measure since the birth of the euro but it could also be a death sentence for EU solidarity, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias comments: » more

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | Thursday, 22. January 2015

ECB can't save monetary union on its own

The markets and the politicians in Europe's crisis countries have been waiting for a government bond purchasing programme for a long time. The liberal daily Le Libre Belgique dampens hopes that the ECB chief will be able to work wonders: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Thursday, 22. January 2015

Unequal bond-buying could endanger Eurozone

The ECB's decision to launch a major government bond-buying programme could ultimately lead to the disintegration of the Eurozone, the liberal business daily Hospodářské noviny comments: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 22. January 2015

Draghi and Tsipras help Europe out of crisis

If the ECB Governing Council decides to start buying government bonds and the left-wing coalition Syriza and its leader Alexis Tsipras win the Greek elections on Sunday the Eurozone could finally emerge from the crisis, the liberal weekly Die Zeit suspects: » more

L'Echo - Belgium | Tuesday, 20. January 2015

ECB's hesitaton causing deflation

According to media reports the European Central Bank will announce on Thursday plans to purchase several hundred billion euros' worth of government bonds in a bid to boost inflation. Economist Bruno Colmant attacks the central bank in his blog with the business paper L'Echo: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Monday, 19. January 2015

Trimmed down bond buying is a double error

The European Central Bank is expected to announce its multi-billion sovereign bond-buying programme on Thursday. In view of criticism from Germany and others, ECB chief Mario Draghi has said that the national central banks will be restricted to buying only the bonds of their own countries. The public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk takes a dim view of this trimmed-down version: » more

De Tijd - Belgium | Monday, 19. January 2015

Central Bank hostage to politics and markets

The European Central Bank is expected to decide in favour of a large-scale bond-buying programme on Thursday. The ECB is under pressure from all sides, the business paper De Tijd complains: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 18. January 2015

ECB must start with big bond-buying programme

The European Central Bank (ECB) will decide this Thursday how much money to pump into the markets, and in what way. The ECB should buy bonds on a large scale right from the outset, columnist Wolfgang Münchau urges in the liberal daily Financial Times: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Friday, 16. January 2015

Switzerland's preemptive decoupling

The timing of the Swiss National Bank's decision is not pure coincidence, the liberal-conservative Der Tagesspiegel writes, pointing out that the ECJ has just signalled that the ECB will be allowed to buy government bonds on a large scale: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Friday, 16. January 2015

Financial markets triumph over central banks

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has pulled out its weapons but the financial markets are jubilant at the prospect of the ECB's large-scale bond buying programme being implemented, writes the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 15. January 2015

Counter-productive for Eurozone reform

The last obstacle to large-scale ECB bond buying has fallen with the opinion of the ECJ's attorney general, the liberal conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung ... » more

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 15. January 2015

Crisis cries out for unconventional measures

Although the opinion of the ECB advocate general does not give free reign to the European Central Bank and its president Mario Draghi, it is a major success, the left-liberal daily Berliner Zeitung writes: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Thursday, 15. January 2015

ECJ ruling an important turning point

The ruling paves the way for the ECB to implement new, unconventional measures, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore comments joyously: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 9. January 2015

Compromises weaken Draghi's ammunition

Share prices on Europe's stock markets rose on Thursday despite Eurostat's Wednesday announcement that the Eurozone posted a negative inflation rate in December. This apparently contradictory development can be ascribed to investors' hopes that the ECB will now launch its government bond-buying programme, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore explains: » more

El Mundo - Spain | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Draghi will wait for election in Greece

The inflation rate in the Eurozone dropped below zero in December for the first time in five years, Eurostat announced on Wednesday. But ECB chief Mario Draghi will wait until after the Greek elections to react, the conservative daily El Mundo believes: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 6. January 2015

Grexit debate hindering ECB bond purchases

The debate over a Grexit calls the ECB's bond-buying programme into question and therefore poses a risk for all Europe, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica concludes: » more

Večernji list - Croatia | Monday, 5. January 2015

ECB preventing panic over Greece

The financial markets have remained calm despite the renewed prospect of Greece exiting the Eurozone. The conservative daily Večernji List is not surprised: » more


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