Brexit will have a bigger economic impact on the UK than the European Union, the former head of the European Central Bank has told BBC Radio 5 Live. Jean-Claude Trichet added the break-up was “totally contrary to the new world” of large emerging economies, with single currencies and single markets.
Europe's key institutions should have emergency powers to override economic and financial policies at a national level in times of crisis, Jean-Claude Trichet, former head of the European Central Bank, said on Wednesday.
When former European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet called last June for the creation of a European finance ministry with power over national budgets the idea seemed fanciful, a distant dream that would take years or even decades to realize, if it ever came to be.
The European Central Bank cut its main interest rate by 25 basis points to 1.25% as the Euro zone's worsening debt crisis outweighed the concern over persistently high inflation.
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said in an interview in a German newspaper to be published on Sunday that the Euro zone sovereign debt crisis was not yet over and that it was too early for the all-clear signal.
Plans to tackle the Euro zone debt crisis have stalled with Paris and Berlin at odds over how to increase the firepower of the region's bailout fund, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday afternoon.
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said the European Union's treaty should be changed to prevent one member state from destabilizing the rest of the bloc, and urged stronger governance of the Euro zone.
The European Central Bank is offering new emergency loans to banks to help steady the Euro zone's financial crisis. The new funding, worth about 40bn Euros would enable banks to draw down one-year loans.
Economic growth is slowing but there is no sign of a worldwide recession, according to global central bankers who said they had no plans for concerted action.
The European Central Bank in Frankfurt confirmed in a Friday afternoon statement that its chief economist and executive board member Jürgen Stark had resigned due to personal reasons.