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FRANKFURT, April 5 The head of Germany's central
bank would be happy to see the European Central Bank buying
bonds at a lower pace in a year's time, he told German weekly
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said in the interview the
the time to reduce the ECB's monetary stimulus to the economy
was approaching as the recovery gained pace.
"The time to keep the foot no longer on the metal, but to
take it off slightly ... is approaching in my view," Jens
Weidmann said in the interview, due to be appear in Die Zeit's
Asked whether he sided with his Dutch colleague Klaas Knot
in expecting that ECB bond purchases would not be running at
their current pace a year from now, Weidmann said: "I would
"But generally I don't speculate on the future decisions of
the ECB's Governing Council," he added.
Weidmann's remarks in the interview were slightly different
than in a preview published earlier, in which it was said
Weidmann would welcome it if there were no ECB purchase sat all
a year from now.
(Reporting by Francesco Canepa; Editing by Alison Williams)