Weidmann clashes with Lagarde on policy outlook

Jens Weidmann
Jens Weidmann
Photo: Deutsche Bundesbank/Frank Rumpenhorst

Jens Weidmann and Christine Lagarde gave markedly contrasting speeches on November 19, underscoring the divide on the European Central Bank’s (ECB) governing council.

Speaking at the European Banking Congress just hours after Lagarde, Deutsche Bundesbank president Weidmann said: “We should not ignore the risk of too-high inflation.” Although he said easy monetary policy was needed in response to the pandemic, he stressed that policy “will have to be normalised” if it proves necessary to

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