European Central Bank President Mario Draghi would only consider ending the sterilization of crisis- era bond purchases if he’s openly backed by the Bundesbank, according to two euro-area central bank officials familiar with the debate.
The European Central Bank’s Outright Monetary Transactions program is “perfectly legal,” and the German Constitutional Court should recognize that it is crucial for both Germany and Europe as a whole, former ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet said.
Mario Draghi defied his own staff at his first meeting as European Central Bank president and voted to cut interest rates. As the crisis rages on nine months later, he is shaping the institution more and more in his own image.
Former European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet wrote to then-Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan at least three times in the five weeks before the nation sought a bailout in November 2010, the Irish Times reported, citing the letters.
The U.S. Senate will vote in the coming week on a bipartisan committee’s $1.01 trillion budget agreement following its approval by the House. The proposal doesn’t touch Democrat-favored entitlement programs or corporate-tax breaks that Republicans want to protect.