Berenberg Bank chief economist Holger Schmieding told DW the ECB's negative interest rate policy may support lending in the eurozone and punish banks which sit on their money.
Germany's central bank earned €2 billion more than it spent last year, doubling its profit compared with the previous year and contributing a nice windfall to the government budget after a meagre 2016.
European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi says the eurozone still needs significant monetary stimulus to help boost inflation. The bank is gradually reducing its bond purchase program but it may continue past September.
The European Central Bank has left interest rates and massive support for the eurozone economy unchanged, despite sharp upgrades to the bank's growth forecasts. But inflation will remain stubbornly low, the ECB says.
The planned US tariffs on steel and aluminum have not gone down well with the United States' trading partners. With trade tensions intensifying, will we also see a currency war to make things even worse?
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