Francesco Canepa

Central bankers seek new role in brave new world

10 Nov 2020

FRANKFURT Taking a break from fighting the coronavirus crisis, the world's top central bankers will attempt to resolve the existential questions of their profession this week as they tune into the European Central Bank's annual policy symposium.

ECB may cut support for indebted countries in nudge towards EU loans

03 Nov 2020

FRANKFURT The European Central Bank could offer less generous support for indebted governments when it puts together a further stimulus package next month, to push them to apply for European Union loans tied to productive investments, sources told Reuters.

ECB eyes more bond buys, cheap loans in December as pandemic hits

29 Oct 2020

FRANKFURT The European Central Bank committed on Thursday to take new action in December to contain the growing fallout from a second wave of coronavirus infections, likely in the form of more bond purchases or cheap credit for banks. | Video

ECB to pave way for more stimulus as recession fears grow

29 Oct 2020

FRANKFURT The European Central Bank is expected to resist pressure to unveil fresh stimulus measures on Thursday but it will likely pave the way for action in December as fresh restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic fuel fears over a new recession.

From climate change to equality, Lagarde turns ECB more political

26 Oct 2020

FRANKFURT Since taking the helm a year ago, Christine Lagarde has turned the European Central Bank's attention to social issues like climate change and inequality, broadening its horizons but also opening it to attacks that could test its independence.

ECB could live with some inflation overshoot to help employment - Olli Rehn

16 Oct 2020

FRANKFURT The European Central Bank should follow the U.S. Federal Reserve in putting more emphasis on welfare when it's setting policy, even if that would mean inflation exceeded its target temporarily, ECB Governing Council member Olli Rehn said.

ECB policymakers set out wish list for strategic rethink

14 Oct 2020

FRANKFURT Five European Central Bank policymakers, including President Christine Lagarde, floated proposals on Wednesday for changing how the ECB goes about the business of steering price growth in the euro zone.

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Brexit negotiations restart in person as clock ticks down

Face-to-face negotiations between Britain and the European Union over a trade deal restarted earlier on Saturday as the two sides make a last ditch attempt to reach an agreement with just five weeks to go before their current relationship ends.