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#European Central Bank

# european-central-bank - Monday 20 August, 2012

Greek exit from eurozone would be 'manageable' says top ECB official

The comments from Joerg Asmussen come at the beginning of another crucial week for the single currency and troubled Greece.

# european-central-bank - Friday 3 August, 2012

Honohan says ECB bond buying move is good for Ireland

Honohan welcomed a yesterday’s comments by ECB President Mario Draghi – saying that it marked an important step for Ireland and the rest of the Eurozone.

# european-central-bank - Thursday 2 August, 2012

Draghi: ‘The euro is irreversible – but it’s up to politicians to act’ ECB

Draghi: ‘The euro is irreversible – but it’s up to politicians to act’

The ECB president says his bank wants to save the euro, but it can’t exceed the boundaries of what it’s allowed to do.

Spain's debt: will ECB start buying bonds again? ECB

Spain's debt: will ECB start buying bonds again?

ECB set for crucial meeting today over eurozone debt crisis.

# european-central-bank - Monday 30 July, 2012

Whatever it takes: Stocks rise as leaders make eurozone pledge

There is speculation that the eurozone bailout fund and the ECB could buy-up Spanish bonds in a bid to alleviate fears about the single currency.

# european-central-bank - Sunday 29 July, 2012

Auditors to stay in Greece until new reforms are ready

Auditors from the EU, IMF and the European Central Bank are to stay in Greece until a credible reform programme is formed.

# european-central-bank - Thursday 26 July, 2012

Mario Draghi: The ECB will do "whatever it takes" to save the euro

Stock markets around the world rocketed after the usually reserved ECB president insisted the euro would not be abandoned.

# european-central-bank - Tuesday 17 July, 2012

Noonan meets ECB head Draghi: Will he allow us burn the bondholders?

The Minister for Finance will travel to Frankfurt today, amid reports the ECB may let Spain impose losses on senior bondholders.

# european-central-bank - Monday 16 July, 2012

IMF predicts slower economic growth for world

Europe’s financial crisis and a potential budget crisis in the United States could slow world growth even further, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest forecast.

# european-central-bank - Thursday 5 July, 2012

Passing ECB cut on to customers a 'commercial decision for each bank' - Dept of Finance

Tracker mortgage customers will see their rate adjusted as per the ECB change – but what about other mortgage holders?

ECB cuts interest rate to record low

Key eurozone interest rate cut by 0.25 per cent.

# european-central-bank - Wednesday 27 June, 2012

Falling German inflation could mean ECB cut for mortgage holders

New data shows German inflation at its lowest for 18 months – meaning less pressure on the ECB to keep rates up.

# european-central-bank - Monday 18 June, 2012

Brussels says report on Troika loan proposal is "simply not true"

The European Commission flatly denies an RTÉ report saying the Troika are considering extending the schedule for repayments.

# european-central-bank - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Spanish bailout: what we know so far

An essential round-up of the details to date of the Spanish bailout, from interest rates to lending conditions.

# european-central-bank - Thursday 3 May, 2012

THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK has left its key interest rate unchanged at 1 per cent for the fifth month in succession, at its monthly board meeting held in Barcelona. ECB president Mario Draghi said the governors had not discussed the possibility of lowering the rate. Draghi was not asked about any progress on discussions regarding Ireland’s promissory note burden during his press conference.

# european-central-bank - Thursday 26 April, 2012

In full: The Troika's statement after the latest bailout review

The full text of a statement circulated by the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.

As it happened: Howlin and Noonan on the Troika’s sixth review of the bailout

The Troika has completed the sixth review of Ireland’s bailout programme and the Minister for Finance and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform briefed the press earlier today.

In full: Ireland 'successfully concludes' latest EU-IMF review

The full text of a statement issued this lunchtime by Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin after the sixth Troika inspection.

Troika to deliver verdict on bailout as programme reaches halfway point

Officials from the EC, IMF and ECB are expected to give Ireland the thumbs up on its bailout.

# european-central-bank - Wednesday 25 April, 2012

ECB president: 'No plans to make a deal on promissory notes'

Mario Draghi tells Gay Mitchell there’s no deal – and is warned that the EU is only “slightly more popular than the measles”.

# european-central-bank - Wednesday 11 April, 2012

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock…

ECB may re-enter bond markets after Italian auction flops

Investors declined the opportunity to buy short-term Italian bills this morning, seeing interest rates double from last month.

# european-central-bank - Wednesday 4 April, 2012

ECB president: 'Utmost importance' that Ireland continues promissory note repayments

Mario Draghi expects Ireland to keep up its annual repayments of the promissory note, dodging questions about a larger deal.

# european-central-bank - Sunday 1 April, 2012

German central bank 'to stop taking Irish bonds as collateral'

A German newspaper report says the Bundesbank won’t take Irish, Greek or Portuguese bonds from banks any more.

# european-central-bank - Saturday 31 March, 2012

Explainer: What's reportedly being discussed in talks on Ireland's bank debt?

RTÉ says Ireland’s banks could be given bonds by the EFSF, which could then be used to go to the ECB and get funds.

# european-central-bank - Thursday 29 March, 2012

Confirmed: Noonan announces deal on promissory notes

The government had been in negotiations for some time with the European Central Bank over the €3.1 billion note which was due to be paid by this Saturday.

# european-central-bank - Tuesday 27 March, 2012

Central Bank governor before Oireachtas Finance Committee today

Patrick Honohan is due to answer questions over the Anglo Irish promissory note repayment and the emergency liquidity provided to banks during the crisis.

# european-central-bank - Thursday 22 March, 2012

ECB set to discuss Irish deal on promissory note

Bloomberg reports Patrick Honohan will formally ask the ECB’s permission today to restructure Ireland’s promissory notes deal.

# european-central-bank - Wednesday 21 March, 2012

Noonan outlines possible changes to promissory note deal

The Finance Minister has told the Dáil that the €3.1 billion repayment due next week could be converted to a long-term bond instead.

# european-central-bank - Monday 12 March, 2012

Troika deal could move tracker mortgages to IBRC - Noonan

The minister for finance tells RTÉ that loss-making mortgages could be taken off the books of AIB and Permanent TSB,

# european-central-bank - Thursday 8 March, 2012

At least someone’s making money: ECB profits quadrupled last year

A ballooning balance sheet and bigger roles in the bond markets meant the ECB turned profits of €728m, up from €171m.

LIVE: ECB president Mario Draghi’s press conference in Frankfurt ECB

LIVE: ECB president Mario Draghi’s press conference in Frankfurt

Mario Draghi will give a press conference at 1:30pm following a meeting where Anglo’s promissory notes were up for discussion.

ECB leaves main interest rate unchanged at 1 per cent ECB

ECB leaves main interest rate unchanged at 1 per cent

As expected, the monthly meeting of the ECB’s governing council decides not to tinker with the main interest rates.

# european-central-bank - Wednesday 7 March, 2012

Honohan set to make case to ECB for deal on Anglo promissory notes

The ECB’s monthly meeting of central bank governors will give Patrick Honohan a chance to explain the need to strike a deal.

# european-central-bank - Friday 2 March, 2012

Deja vu: ECB gives banks new money - and banks save it in the ECB ECB

Deja vu: ECB gives banks new money - and banks save it in the ECB

Overnight deposits in the ECB surged to their highest ever, just a day after it issued €529 billion to boost credit markets.

# european-central-bank - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

ECB pumps €529bn of new cash into European banking system ECB

ECB pumps €529bn of new cash into European banking system

The second round of unusually lengthy lending sees the ECB lend €529bn to banks, hoping the cash will be passed onward.

# european-central-bank - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

S&P downgrades Greece into 'selective default' territory

The ratings agency demonstrates it can read, by officially acknowledging that Greece’s bond-swap is a ‘selective default’.

# european-central-bank - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

ECB steers clear of bond-buying for first time since August

Last week marked the first time in six months that the European Central Bank didn’t intervene in the sovereign bond markets.

# european-central-bank - Thursday 9 February, 2012

ECB interest rates remain unchanged ECB

ECB interest rates remain unchanged

ECB head Mario Draghi said that there are “tenatative” signs of stabilisation in the eurozone.

# european-central-bank - Monday 23 January, 2012

ECB affirms: Investors won't lend to you if you burn bondholders

The ECB declines to comment on Leo Varadkar’s remarks, but says its stance on Irish burden-sharing is well-known.