Volker Wieland calls for exit from expansionary monetary policy ("Welt am Sonntag", "Spiegel Online")

In an opinion piece for the weekly newspaper "Welt am Sonntag", Volker Wieland has criticized the European Central Bank (ECB) and called for an immediate exit from the expansionary monetary policy. "The ECB runs the risk of being too late in changing directions in monetary policy".

In view of the inflation trend, the ECB could raise interest rates earlier. Besides, the ECB urgently needed to present a strategy how to reduce the central bank's balance sheet.

Wieland warned against rising risks for financial stability in the current situation. He wrote that inflation could increase faster, more risky credits could be issued, more unproductive investments could be undertaken and resources could be allocated in the wrong way.

Furthermore, Wieland asked the governments to contribute to the stabilization of the euro area and to finance themselves on their own. He criticized that the governments didn't make use of the favorable situation in order to consolidate and gain room to maneuver.

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