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The European Central Bank (ECB) president, Mario Draghi, has said that rates will remain at current or lower levels for an “extended period”.

“Monetary policy will remain accommodative for as long as necessary,” he told a news conference.

Ovo je prvi put da je ECB dao naznaku svojih budućih smjernica o kamatnoj stopi u eurozoni.

ECB je u četvrtak kamatne stope ostavila na povijesno niskoj razini od 0.5%.

Odluka da se stope dalje ne snižavaju usred kulise političke krize u Portugalu nakon što su dva ključna ministra podnijela ostavku.

Ranije ovog tjedna, ministar financija Vitor Gaspar, koji je u posljednje dvije godine nadzirao nepopularne mjere štednje u zemlji, predao je ostavku.

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Nakon toga uslijedio je ministar vanjskih poslova i mlađi čelnik koalicije Paulo Portas.

Prinosi obveznica u zemlji porasli su u srijedu iznad 8% dok je premijer Pedro Passos Coelho pokušao stabilizirati svoju koaliciju.

Asked if there had been too much austerity in Portugal, Mr Draghi said that he thought the country had achieved “very remarkable results”.

“It has been a painful route and the results have been quite significant, remarkable, if not outstanding.

“We are reassured by the new (finance) minister, by everything we know about her, so from this point of view, Portugal is in safe hands.”

Speaking at a news conference following the ECB’s interest rate announcement, Mr Draghi would not be drawn on how long he expected rates to remain low, only that the decision was “unanimous”.

“It’s not six months, it’s not 12 months – it’s an extended period of time,” he said.

On his reasons for revealing the ECB’s plan to keep rates low, Mr Draghi said: “We have an outlook of inflation in the medium term, such that it would justify this new way of communication our forward guidance – a downward bias in interest rates.”

Anna van Densky

 

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