Jens Weidman the German central bank chief has always erred in the side of caution and has been critical of the rest of the ECB’s proposals. The statements today will bring a battle of statements as it singles out France as not doing enough to contain the crisis. The two nations have met on different sides of the eurogroup’s budget talks and now on how to tackle domestic deficits.
The euro zone crisis is not over, France’s reforms are slipping and the Bundesbank has set aside billions in new provisions against what it sees as risky European Central Bank moves, Germany’s central bank said on Tuesday.
Presenting Bundesbank 2012 results that showed a sharp increase in its risk provisions, the German central bank’s chief, Jens Weidmann, urged governments to tackle the roots of their troubles with reforms.
Weidmann, a member of the ECB’s Governing Council, opposed the bank’s yet-to-be-used bond-buy plan agreed last September and believes euro zone governments must shape up their economies to exit the crisis rather than looking to the ECB for help.
“The crisis is not over despite the recent calm on financial markets,” Weidmann told a news conference.
There was uncertainty about the reform course in Italy and Cyprus, he said, adding: “The reform course in France seems to have floundered”.
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