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July 9, 2015

Eurozone
The Role of the European Central Bank

As Europe continues to weather economic stagnation and a succession of debt crises, the European Central Bank has responded with an aggressive set of monetary policies that have redefined the bank’s …

Workers repair the euro sign in front of ECB headquarters

October 31, 2014

Europe
Three Central Banks

Today’s central bank news tells us a lot about the risks and rewards of proactive central banking. The Bank of Japan (BoJ) surprised me (and nearly everyone else ) with a dramatic expansion of its u…

June 27, 2019

European Union
How Does the European Union Work?

The EU’s authority has steadily expanded as its members have passed more and more decision-making power to the union. How do its institutions work?

Members of the European Parliament during a voting session.

May 20, 2011

Europe and Eurasia
Is the ECB Draining its own Powers?

Back in 2000, the European Central Bank’s first president, Wim Duisenberg, explained how he knew the Bank’s operational framework for implementing monetary policy was working well.  It was, he said…

Is the ECB Draining its own Powers?

December 3, 2015

Europe
European Central Bank Rate Move, a Turning Point for Europe

At the governing council’s meeting today, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that it will cut benchmark deposit rate to -0.3 percent, extend its quantitative easing (QE) program to at least Ma…

Central bank rates in Europe

November 21, 2013

Europe and Eurasia
Europe 2014: An Outlook from the European Central Bank

Jörg Asmussen reflects on the European Central Bank's role in overcoming the eurozone crisis and the economic challenges for Europe ahead in 2014.

February 6, 2013

Europe
Germany’s Central Bank and the Eurozone

Germany’s Bundesbank remains an influential actor in eurozone policymaking, and its recent disagreements with the ECB raise concerns about managing the zone’s debt crisis. This Backgrounder explains.

April 16, 2014

Europe and Eurasia
Should the ECB Go on a Bund Buying Spree?

Should the European Central Bank finally join the Fed, the Bank of England, and the Bank of Japan and deliver a good, stiff dose of Quantitative Easing? Maybe, came the surprise response from the…

Should the ECB Go on a Bund Buying Spree?

June 24, 2013

Europe
European Banking Union: Small Steps

European finance ministers meet Wednesday to try and agree on common rules for resolving a failed bank, after failing to do so this past weekend.  If agreement is reached, and it appears far from cer…

April 24, 2018

International Economic Policy
Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back

East Asia (China, Japan, and the NIEs) ran a $600 billion current account surplus in 2017. "Official" (central bank and sovereign fund) outflows accounted for about half of that. Asia's foreign excha…

Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back