ECB chief says euro zone inflation risks falling

Duisenberg's comments on Tuesday, in testimony to the European parliament, seem to strengthen feeling that the ECB will cut interest rates when it meets on Thursday. The futures market seems certain of at least a quarter point cut with a fifty per cent chance of a half point cut factored in. The ECB president said the "downside risks to economic growth have not disappeared".

European Central Bank President Wim Duisenberg kept hopes of an interest rate cut before Christmas alive on Tuesday by s