Peter Praet

Claire Jones

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MPC minutes

The minutes of this month’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting, out on Wednesday, will reveal whether all of the nine-strong committee backed the decision to expand quantitative easing by £50bn.

Many think the decision will have split the committee. 

Ralph Atkins

Peter Praet. Image by Getty.

Peter Praet. Image by Getty.

Peter Praet, the European Central Bank executive board member who took over responsibility for its economics department earlier this month, chose – probably wisely – a German newspaper for his debut interview.

Talking to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the German-born Belgian sounds tough – but does not actually explicitly rule out much in terms of possible policy actions. To that extent he looks entirely in step with Mario Draghi, the ECB president. 

Ralph Atkins

How revolutionary are times at the European Central Bank? Mario Draghi, president, produced a surprise on Tuesday by handing Peter Praet, his Belgian colleague on the ECB’s six-man executive board, the powerful economics portfolio. The assumption, at least in Berlin, was that it would go to Germany’s Jörg Asmussen, on the spurious grounds that the position has been held by a German since the ECB was created in 1998. But don’t expect the change to produce radical changes in the bank’s thinking. 

Claire Jones

Our week ahead email helps you track the most important events in central banking. To see all of our emails and alerts visit www.ft.com/nbe  

Claire Jones

Our new week ahead email will help you to track the most important events in the central banking world. To see all of our email and alerts visit www.ft.com/nbe

Both of next week’s key events are on Monday.