Press Release: Eurozone deflation needs to be stopped to forestall return to darkest days of the crisis

For further comments or to arrange an interview, contact Communications Manager Kate Andrews: kate@adamsmith.org / 07584 778207.

Commenting on Eurozone deflation of 0.2% in December, Head of Research of the Adam Smith Institute, Ben Southwood, said:

Eurozone deflation needs to be stopped as soon as possible to forestall a return to the darkest days of the crisis.

The European Central Bank must act now—easing monetary policy by buying bonds—or, even better, changing their whole regime, and targeting the price level, or even nominal GDP, instead of inflation.

There is only one positive angle to Europe's macroeconomic state: that much of the downward pressure on inflation is coming from supply-side improvements, like cheaper fuel and food.

But demand-side inflation is hardly healthy, and after years of lacklustre income growth the ECB should be overshooting, not undershooting their target.

Continued depression will only undergird support for extremist parties in the peripheral areas of the bloc, undoing all the progress that has been made in recent decades.

Notes to editors: For further comments or to arrange an interview, contact Kate Andrews, Communications Manager, at kate@adamsmith.org / 07584 778207.

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