Newly released documents show: There is no legal basis for imposing restrictions on the use of cash

June 8, 2020 | In many countries of the monetary union there are upper limits for cash payments. The European Central Bank (ECB) and the EU Commission have rubberstamped them, relying on a rather obscure legal basis. Using documents obtained from the archives of EU institutions, I can show that the ECB’s and the Commission’s reasoning are based on a misinterpretation.

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Book Review: An ECB manager on the long and successful history of monetary financing

May 21, 2020 | In his path-breaking history of central banking in Europe, a high-ranking manager of the European Central Bank shows central banking to be much older than the Anglo-Saxon historiography would admit, and that central banks have historically quite often served the purpose of financing public expenditure.

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What Haering vs. Hessischer Rundfunk Will Imply for the Legality of a Parallel Currency

March 31, 2020 | On 15 June, as part of the Häring vs. Hessischer Rundfunk case, the European Court of Justice will rule on the conditions under which governments may restrict the use of the legal tender of the euro area. There is a lot at stake, not only for my campaign to obstruct the campaign to abolish cash, but also for the survival of the European Monetary Union.

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EU-Parliament wants Trichet removed from ECB-ethics committee (corrected version)

Yesterday, the EU-Parliament adopted a report, which calls on the ECB “to ensure that the Ethics Committee is not chaired by a former president of the ECB” and stresses that the president or board members of the ECB should not be members of the G30 or other groups which include executives from banks supervised by the ECB.

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