Minutes of ECB’s April 9-10 meeting showed that policy makers were getting less confident on Eurozone recovery. The minutes noted “it was acknowledged that some recent data had turned out even weaker than expected”. And, “there was now somewhat less confidence in the baseline scenario and that the range of other possible outcomes had widened.”

Also, “the global outlook remained subject to the continued risk of an escalation of trade conflicts and the uncertainty surrounding the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU.”

Regarding the new TLTROs, “some arguments were put forward in favor of pricing the new operations so they would primarily serve as a backstop, providing insurance in times of elevated uncertainty.” Also, “other arguments supported the view that the TLTRO-III operations should be seen as a potential tool for adjusting the monetary policy stance.”

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