EU goes Head-to-Head with USA in growing currency war – ‘We are Concerned!’

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Washington and Brussels are locking horns in a dispute over currency, tax and trade [Getty]

 

THE EUROPEAN Central Bank has accused the US of manipulating exchange rates as tensions between Brussels and Washington continue to escalate wildly.

The ECB is concerned the US is attempting to exert “political influence” on exchange rates, with the issue set to explode into outright confrontation at an upcoming G20 meeting.

The eurozone bank said it was “certainly concerned” by perceived attempts to influence the exchange rate in favour of the US dollar.  Continue reading

ECB Strikes Back: Threatens With Greek Deposit Haircut If And When ELA Found To Be “Illegal” On Wednesday

The threats are flying fast and furious now.

Moments after the WSJ quoted a Greek official as saying that Greece will not make its IMF bond payment, the ECB struck back when Bloomberg reported that the ECB would review the legality of Greek aid should there not be a deal, i.e., on July 1 post an IMF default. According to Austrian central bank Governor and ECB member, Ewald Nowotny, on Wednesday’s governing council meeting the central bank will decide whether it can continue to provide emergency support for Greece once current bailout program expires June 30, as the Wiener Zeitung originally reported. Continue reading

Dollar’s reserve role at risk from US budget uncertainty: ECB’s Nowotny

The dollar’s role as the world’s leading reserve currency is at risk because of the political impasse in the United States, which has raised fears of a debt default, European Central Bank policymaker Ewald Nowotny said.

“If it really comes to a collapse, no one knows exactly what will happen. One expects that there are chances to postpone the effects but by the end of the year at the latest it will be rather dramatic,” Nowotny told Austrian broadcaster ORF in an interview aired on Saturday. Continue reading