SNB’s Zurbrügg defends fiscal-monetary relationship

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Fritz Zurbrügg, a member of the Swiss National Bank governing board, believes there is no fundamental conflict between fiscal and monetary policy. Delivering a lecture at the University of Lucerne on November 21, Zurbrügg said there is no tension between the two in normal times, as they pursue closely related goals centred on macroeconomic stability.

In a crisis, however, tension arises when fiscal measures are no longer at the disposal of policymakers. Then there is a danger politicians

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