Can Germany cool its monetary-policy debate?

NOTHING INSPIRES German newspaper illustrators like the European Central Banks monetary policies. Bond-buying is represented as a tsunami of cash. An uptick in inflation becomes a euro-gulping great white shark. After Mario Draghi, the ECBs outgoing president, pushed deposit-rate cuts and a promise to restart quantitative easing (QE) through its governing council last month, Bild, a tabloid, depicted him cloaked and fanged, as Count Draghila.German complaints are long-standing. The ECBs Strafzinsen (punishment rates) expropriate savers. Banks suffer from negative rates they cannot pass on to customers. Cheap money fuels housing bubbles. The ECB is stealthily extending its mandate beyond price stability to redistribution. This week Oliver Bate, the boss of Allianz, Europes largest insurer, joined the attack, lambasting the ECB in an interview with the Financial Times for multiplying risk.
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