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European Central Bank to keep rates at rock bottom for years

July 7, 2014

INGRID MELANDER



THE EUROPEAN Central Bank will keep interest rates very low for a long period of time to ensure monetary stability but Eurozone governments must do their part to boost growth and cut debt, ECB policymaker Benoit Coeure said.


The Eurozone has a major investment deficit, said Coeure, a member of the ECB's executive board, adding that governments must also "invest in Europe" by cooperating more closely - another condition for stability.


Saying the current economic situation of high debt, high unemployment and weak growth was very worrying, Coeure told an economic conference in southern France yesterday "The only way out is by investing."


" But this should not be done by "piling more debt on old debt", he said, urging euro zone states to ensure flexibility to implement the bloc's stability pact is based on reforms that have been proven or carried out, not just on pledges.


Reuters


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Source: City A.M. (UK)


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