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European Central Bank Monthly Bulletin

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Based on its regular economic and monetary analyses, the Governing Council decided at its meeting on 6 June to keep the key ECB interest rates unchanged. Incoming information has confirmed the assessment which led to the cut in interest rates in early May.

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Based on its regular economic and monetary analyses, the Governing Council decided at its meeting on 4 July to keep the key ECB interest rates unchanged. Incoming information has confi rmed the previous assessment. Underlying price pressures in the euro area are expected to remain subdued over the medium term. In keeping with this picture, monetary and, in particular, credit dynamics remain subdued. Infl ation expectations for the euro area continue to be fi rmly anchored in line with the Governing Council’s aim of maintaining infl ation rates below, but close to, 2% over the medium term. At the same time, recent confi dence indicators based on survey data have shown some further improvement from low levels.

German wages grow faster than euro area average – Spring 2013 Review

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In December 2012 we published a blog post reporting that German wage growth rates (year-over-year comparison) for 2012 had been higher than the Eurozone average, with at that time, 2.5 percent versus 1.7 percent. In the meantime the annual rates for nominal wage and salary growth have been published showing that the difference has increased; German wage growth of 3 % compared to a 1.8 percent increase of the euro area. France and Italy had wage and salary growth rates of 2.1 percent and 1.1 percent respectively.

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Based on its regular economic and monetary analyses, the Governing Council decided at its meeting on 2 May to lower the interest rate on the main refinancing operations of the Eurosystem by 25 basis points to 0.50% and the rate on the marginal lending facility by 50 basis points to 1.00%.

The Japanese Experiment

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NEWPORT BEACH – After years of tweaks, Japan has now initiated a major shift in its policy paradigm, with reactions ranging from great optimism that the country may finally be lifted out of a quarter-century of economic stagnation, to concerns that the authorities’ dramatic change of course may in fact end up making things worse. But, while debate naturally focuses on Japan’s economic, financial, and political maneuvers, the tipping point could well lie abroad.

An Arab Marshall Plan

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OXFORD – The wave of revolts that swept across the Arab world two years ago were fueled by demands for freedom, bread, and social justice. But, although the revolutions toppled dictators and transformed societies, these core objectives remain as distant as ever. In fact, the economic challenges facing the Arab Spring countries have become even more pressing, weighing heavily on these countries’ political prospects.

Oily Dirt

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EDMONTON – Calm discussion of the environment nowadays is about as plausible as reasoned dialogue on witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts. Consider the hyperbolic debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, which would funnel oil from Canada’s Athabasca tar sands in northeastern Alberta to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Mapping the African Growth Landscape

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Integration was a major theme in the three mapping sessions. Leadership was highlighted as a key to ensure that incentives are aligned among stakeholders. Learning and sharing best practices across borders was repeatedly suggested as a way to accelerate integration, especially focusing on areas where Africa is already strong, like agriculture, minerals and mining, but at the high end of the supply chain, not the low-end. This shift will require creative ways to educate youth and spur entrepreneurship to provide the talent, energy, and ICT to drive change. From ‘aid to trade’ was a rallying call, as was ‘made in Africa, sold in Africa.’ 

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Based on its regular economic and monetary analyses, the Governing Council decided at its meeting on 4 April to keep the key ECB interest rates unchanged. HICP inflation rates have declined further, as anticipated, and price developments over the medium term should remain contained.

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