Jens Weidmann

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German economists said that ECB bond-buying to stabilise crisis euro countries – over €200 billion and counting – had put the bank in a legal “grey area”

Frankfurt’s two central banks, the European Central Bank and the Bundesbank, clashed yesterday over whether the ECB needs tighter rules for its euro c(...)

Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann and ECB Board member Jörg Asmussen (right) wait for the start of the hearing at the constitutional court in Karlsruhe. Photograph: Uli Deck/Pool/Reuters

European democracy has “gone to the dogs” as a result of European Central Bank sovereign bond buy-ups, according to critics of the policy at Germany’s(...)

General view of a container terminal   in the harbour of Hamburg. German firms fear a tax on financial transactions is a “direct strike” againist the export-oriented economy

German firms have joined opposition to the introduction of a tax on financial transactions in Europe, warning of severe damage to businesses in(...)

Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann says  the ECB could have compromised its political independence with its policy of buying up debt of dubious quality from euro crisis countries. Photograph: Alex Domanski/Reuters

Someone tell Labour: not even Frankfurt’s way is Frankfurt’s any more. That, at least, is the scalding verdict of Bundesbank president Jens Wei(...)

Students saying no  to austerity measures in front of the Cypriot parliament building in Nicosia earlier this week.   Photograph: Milos Bicanski

‘I believe we are at this moment sleeping on a volcano.” Alexis de Tocqueville’s speech to the French national assembly on January 29th, 1848, (...)

French president Francois Hollande’s government has  acknowledged it will overshoot this year’s target deficit of 3 per cent previously agreed with the European Commission. Photograph: Fred Dufour/Reuters

France missed its budget deficit target in 2012, as it will again this year, underlining the severe challenge facing President François Holland(...)

The euro zone crisis is not over, France is slipping on reforms and the Bundesbank has set aside billions in new provisions for what it sees as(...)

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