MNI BRIEF: ECB Must Act 'Decisively' On Inflation - Nagel
Central bank must continue to tighten policy to tackle above target inflation, Bundesbank head says.
Contagion risks to euro area banks from recent market instability “appear to be low,” although it could have a negative effect on growth, Bundesbank chief Joachim Nagel said in a speech Wednesday, in which he also called for continued “decisive” action to tackle above-target inflation.
“According to the ECB’s economic projections published last week, GDP in the euro area will grow only by 1% this year. It should be taken into account though, that the current financial market tensions imply greater uncertainty around projected figures,” Nagel said.
However, monetary policy “has to act decisively,” he added, given headline inflation is not expected to get close to the ECB’s 2% target until 2025.