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Jeff Black

Jeff Black covers the European Central Bank and the German economy from Bloomberg's Frankfurt bureau.


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Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Draghi Tells German Skeptics Bond Plan Is Averter of Catastrophe

If you want to send a clear message to the German public, the place to do it is apparently Shanghai. As in Shanghai, China. A week before Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann gives his views on Mario Draghi’s euro-saving OMT program...

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Photograph by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

ECB’s Emergency Cash Becomes Last Bulwark Against Chaos

The euro area has just come as close as it ever has to learning that what the European Central Bank gives, it can also take away. Before euro-area ministers agreed a last-ditch bailout in the small hours of Monday morning,...

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Photograph by American Images Inc

Draghi Dismisses Currency Spat as More Jaw Than War

Mario Draghi says the currency war is phoney. According to the European Central Bank president, there’s been too much “chatter” in the past two weeks about fluctuations in global currencies, set off by a decision by Japan’s central bank to...

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Photograph by Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Merkel Won’t Lighten Davos Downbeat Growth Deliberations

As Europe’s political celebrities pack warm for the World Economic Forum in Davos next week, expectations of what they’ll achieve there are about as low as their economies’ growth rates. The Swiss mountain-resort pow-wow is shaping up to be a...

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Photograph by Nick White/Getty Images

EU Banking Union’s Legal Basis Isn’t Solid, Bundesbank Says

This was supposed to be the easy part. But installing the ECB as the chief supervisor for all 6,071 banks in Europe by Jan. 1, 2013, just seems to keep getting more difficult. Even though a paragraph in the EU’s...

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Photograph by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Draghi’s Open Checkbook May Swing Crisis-Weary Bundestag

Paul Volcker once remarked that in order to stand up to the Germans, you have to be subservient to them, in monetary matters at least. Accordingly, Mario Draghi travels to Berlin tomorrow to face the German Bundestag and tell them...

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