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30/04/2016

Italy seeks new leadership role in Europe

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Euro & Finance 04-03-2016

Bundesbank unsure about phasing out €500 notes

Germany's central bank has cast doubt on what impact abolishing the €500 note would have on money laundering and the financing of terrorism. EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 09-11-2015

Germany's Schäuble and Weidmann on collision course over migrants

Germany needs to send a message to the world that it is reaching the limit of its capacity to help Europe's flood of migrants, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Sunday - while the head of the Bundesbank said the country can handle the costs of the refugee crisis without risking its balanced budget.
Euro & Finance 06-10-2014

Germany criticises ECB's plans to buy rebundled debt

The European Central Bank's plans to buy rebundled packages of debt have drawn sharp criticism from officials in Germany, including the head of the Bundesbank, the ECB's former chief economist and allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel. On Thursday, the ECB laid out plans to buy repackaged debt and covered bonds, secured on solid assets such as property. It will include buying debt with a "junk" credit rating from Greece and Cyprus, as long as such countries are under a formal international financial programme.
UK & Europe 24-07-2014

Bundesbank boss urges Britain to stay in EU

The head of the Bundesbank appealed to Britain on Wednesday (23 July) to stay in the European Union, saying membership of the bloc had given the country an economic lift and posed little threat to London.
EU Priorities 2020 04-07-2014

Italy seeks new leadership role in Europe

Rebuffing criticism in Germany that Rome is too slow to reform, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi on Friday (4 July) reasserted that he is ready to stand up to critics and reclaim a leadership role in Europe.