Latest European Central Bank News

President of European Central Bank Christine Lagarde smiles prior to a press conference following a meeting of the governing council in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

European Central Bank holds rates, launches policy review

Jan. 23, 2020 11:54 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has decided to launch a top-to-bottom review of how it steers the economy in the 19 countries that use the euro currency. The review, the first since the global financial crisis, could include tweaking the bank's goal for inflation and finding ways to...

European Central Bank keeps interest rates, stimulus programs on hold, launches review of strategy

Jan. 23, 2020 7:48 AM EST
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank keeps interest rates, stimulus programs on hold, launches review of strategy.
Clouds drift over the European Central Bank, right, in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Central banks join to study possible digital currencies

Jan. 21, 2020 9:58 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Major central banks have joined together to explore whether they should issue digital currencies as the use of cash declines and more people turn to electronic forms of paying. The study group is made up of the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Canada, the...

A worker cleans up an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Asian stock markets have tumbled as concern about the impact of a Chinese disease outbreak on tourism and regional economies grows. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Global stocks slide on growing concern about China virus

Jan. 21, 2020 8:28 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Stock and oil prices fell Tuesday as concern about the potential impact of a Chinese disease outbreak increased and a rating agency cut Hong Kong's credit rating for official borrowing due to political tension. Indexes in London and Frankfurt declined and Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong closed...

Clouds pass by the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

European Central Bank sees a few upbeat signs in eurozone

Jan. 16, 2020 9:31 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Top officials at the European Central Bank say economic growth remains weak though they see a few upbeat signs after the U.S. and China moved toward lowering trade tensions. Recent data point to “a stabilization in euro area growth,” according to an account of the...

A cargo ship passes the buildings of the banking district on the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Eurozone inflation hits 6-month high before oil price spike

Jan. 7, 2020 6:08 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Inflation across the 19-country eurozone spiked to a six-month high in December even before the recent jump in oil prices in the wake of escalating U.S.-Iran tensions, official figures showed Tuesday. Statistics agency Eurostat said prices increased across the board during December, helping...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2019, file photo, trader Gregory Rowe, left, and specialist Michael Pistillo work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Pound jumps on expected Tory win; trade talk lifts shares

Dec. 12, 2019 11:15 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The British pound surged early Friday as exit polls indicated a resounding election victory for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party, as talk of a China-U.S. trade deal buoyed share prices in Asia. The British pound strengthened to $1.3468 from $1.3385 late Thursday as...

FILE  - In this Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 file photo, incoming President of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde speaks to the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in Brussels.  Newly appointed European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde makes her first official assessment Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 of the mixed bag that is the eurozone economy, which suffers from slowing manufacturing and global trade even as consumer spending helps prop up growth. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

Europe's new central banker aims to put her stamp on the job

Dec. 12, 2019 12:05 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Christine Lagarde is wasting no time in putting her stamp on the European Central Bank. The bank's new president said at her first news conference Thursday that she will lead a top to bottom review of how the institution sets monetary policy, looking at everything from how it...

European Central Bank says it has left its key interest rate benchmarks and stimulus programs unchanged.

Dec. 12, 2019 7:46 AM EST
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank says it has left its key interest rate benchmarks and stimulus programs unchanged.
New President of European Central Bank Christine Lagarde, right, talks to European Central Bank Vice President Luis de Guindos during a Finance Ministers Eurogroup meeting at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Europe's new central bank chief faces slow growth, dissent

Dec. 10, 2019 11:48 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Mario Draghi took over as head of the European Central Bank eight years ago amid market speculation that the euro currency union might break up. Christine Lagarde succeeds him with more breathing room - but facing serious challenges from a weak economy, policy differences among...