One of the main themes for 2014 has been the lack of demand in the global economy with growth outlooks continually having to be downgraded. In the euro zone, there has been a push for more credit easing, with the bloc fighting stagnant growth and inflation.
In early November, the BoE warned that U.K. price growth is likely to fall below 1 percent over the next six months amid “significant risks” to its inflation projections. It also added that price growth is then expected to rise gradually, returning to “around 2 percent” in three years’ time.
He warned that it would be difficult to pursue such steps to tackle low inflation.
“Of course there are other measures which are more difficult, because they are untested, because they are less clear … and of course they hit the legal limits of what you can do,” said Weidmann, who sits on the ECB’s Governing Council.
“This is why discussions are so intense,” he added.
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