Over the weekend, ECB Vice President Luis de Guindos said current monetary policy is “fully compatible with both inflation and real activity.” And, “de-anchoring of inflation expectations” is needed before ECB ease monetary policy again.

He told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that “what we need to see is a de-anchoring of inflation expectations” for more policy stimulus. However, “this has not yet happened, despite the fact that there has been a drop in market-based inflation expectations.” “If there is a further deterioration, then we will react,” de Guindos added. “But for now, our monetary policy stance is fully compatible with both inflation and real activity.”

On the impact of global trade tensions, de Guindos said “you can certainly smooth the impact with monetary policy, but you will not be able to address and fix this kind of problems with monetary policy”.

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Separately, Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny said it would be “reasonable” to have “some more flexibility” on inflation target. And, he was “in favor of keeping the 2 percent target but with a corridor of 0.5 or 1 percent, up or down. A precision landing is hardly possible.”

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