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ECB chief says “Euro is irreversible”; praises will to create supranational bodies

Monday, July 23rd 2012 - 09:20 UTC
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Draghi. Euro zone blow-up only in the imagination of some analysts   Draghi. Euro zone blow-up only in the imagination of some analysts

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said that the Euro was not in danger despite some analysts' worse case scenarios for a break-up and said that greater financial, budgetary and political union among Euro zone countries was inevitable.

Asked in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde if the Euro was in danger, Draghi said: “No, absolutely not. We see analysts imagining the scenario of a Euro zone blow-up.”

“They don't recognise the political capital that our leaders have invested in this union and Europeans' support. The Euro is irreversible,” he added.

In the long term, the Euro would need to rest on a foundation of greater integration among Euro zone countries, Draghi said. “All movement towards financial, budgetary and political union is for me inevitable and will lead to the creation of new supranational bodies,” he said.

European leaders took a step towards greater integration last month at a Brussels summit where they agreed to put the ECB in charge of supervising banks and gave the ESM rescue fund the power to recapitalise troubled banks.

Draghi said that the ECB's monetary policy and bank supervisory activities would have to be kept separate in order to avoid conflicts of interest and suggested that an “independent structure” could be built.

Turning to the economic outlook in the Euro zone, Draghi said he did not see the risk that the bloc as a whole would enter a recession and that the situation would gradually improve towards the end of the year and the beginning of 2013.

The ECB cut its interest rates to a record low earlier this month to breathe life into the ailing Euro zone economy amid signs that inflation pressures were subsiding.

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  • ChrisR

    Then this unelected driver of the biggest gravy train in the world had better hurry up and find out where the reverse gear is if he wants to salvage something from the mother of all fcuk ups.

    Jul 23rd, 2012 - 08:53 pm 0
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