Issing says rate split suggestions 'sci-fi'

European Central Bank (ECB) chief economist Otmar Issing expressed concern on Thursday 29 April about sluggish growth in the 12-nation eurozone and dismissed suggestion of splits in the ECB over interests rates as "science fiction."

Issing said the eurozone's potential growth rate appears to be declining rather than growing because of falling investment.

"After some years of zero or even negative investment, this (potential growth) hasn't increased but has gone in the opposite direction. This