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Changing of the guard - challenges ahead for the new ECB President. Bruegel Policy Contribution 2011/11, September 2011

Wolff, Guntram B. (2011) Changing of the guard - challenges ahead for the new ECB President. Bruegel Policy Contribution 2011/11, September 2011. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    Jean-Claude Trichet deserves praise for fighting inflation and his handling of the financial crisis of 2007-2009. But his legacy is unfinished and we still have to see whether he will be the one who saved the euro. Important challenges remain for the incoming president. First, trust of citizens in the ECB has fallen massively according to the Eurobarometer survey in many euro area countries, including Germany and Greece. Trust needs to be regained. Second, the ECB’s stance on Greece needs to be reversed both as regards financial sector participation and SMP. The SMP for Italy can be justified but can only be a temporary solution. The ECB will therefore have to further push for a fiscal lender-of-last-resort back-stop that can also exercise conditionality. Third, a rate cut should be considered at this point in time but upcoming political pressure to increase inflation needs to be resisted.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Central Bank
    Countries > Germany
    Countries > Greece
    Countries > Italy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > financial crisis 2008-on and consequences/reforms
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Bruegel (Brussels) > Policy Contributions
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2011 09:22
    Number of Pages: 14
    Last Modified: 13 Sep 2011 09:22
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/32450

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