The European Central Bank will probably first review its monetary policy stance in June but stop short of any decision on winding down its huge stimulus program, ECB rate setter Ewald Nowotny said on Monday.
There are growing calls in Germany to bring the ECB’s 2.3 trillion euro ($2.5 trillion) bond-buying program to an end as inflation there rebounds, far outpacing price growth in weaker economies such as Italy, where anti-euro sentiment is swelling.
Nowotny said that rate setters are likely to wait for the ECB’s June economic forecasts before reassessing their policy stance and even then no decision is likely to be made about “tapering”, or gradually ending, the program aimed at boosting inflation in the euro zone.
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