The ECB Podcast
The European Central Bank Podcast – bringing you insights into the world of economics and central banking. Our host, Katie Ranger, talks to experts about the topics and trends that matter to the eurozone economy today.
The views expressed are those of the speakers and not necessarily those of the European Central Bank.
- 14 May 2022
Central bank communication: reggae (!), transparency and trust
How has central bank communication evolved over the years? Why is it important for us to be transparent? How can increased transparency increase trust?
- 14 April 2022
President Lagarde presents the latest monetary policy decisions – 14 April 2022
Today our Governing Council decided on monetary policy, determining what’s needed to achieve stable prices in the euro area. Listen to President Christine Lagarde present today’s decisions.
- 26 March 2022
How Russia’s war in Ukraine is affecting the euro area economy
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is first and foremost a human tragedy, but it is also having an economic impact. What effect is the conflict having on the euro area? And how might the economic situation develop?
- 10 March 2022
President Lagarde presents the latest monetary policy decisions – 10 March 2022
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a watershed for Europe. Today our Governing Council expressed its full support to the people of Ukraine. It also decided on monetary policy, determining what’s needed to achieve stable prices in the euro area.
- 5 March 2022
Breaking bias to build a more gender-equal world
Our President Christine Lagarde and LSE Director Minouche Shafik share their experiences and discuss the impact gender bias has on education, home life, the workplace and leadership in this episode of The ECB Podcast.
- 12 February 2022
How healthy are Europe’s banks two years into the pandemic?
Are banks well-equipped to tackle risks and emerging challenges? What are supervisors most worried about? In this episode of The ECB Podcast, host Katie Ranger discusses these questions with Supervisory Board Chair Andrea Enria and Vice-Chair Frank Elderson.
- 5 February 2022
All you need to know about euro banknotes
Make sure you have a euro banknote to hand as our host Katie Ranger and Martin Münd, counterfeit expert and banknote enthusiast, explore everything you need to know about euro banknotes.
- 3 February 2022
President Lagarde presents the latest monetary policy decisions – 3 February 2022
Today our Governing Council decided on monetary policy, determining what’s needed to achieve stable prices in the euro area.
- 16 December 2021
President Lagarde presents the latest monetary policy decisions – 16 December 2021
Today our Governing Council decided on monetary policy, determining what should be done to achieve stable prices in the euro area.
- 10 December 2021
Making sure banks are run by the right people
What defines good leadership? Which skills do those who run banks need and how can we, as the supervisor, help choose the right people for the job? In this episode of The ECB Podcast, our host Katie Ranger and Frank Elderson, Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board, discuss leadership and our role in selecting banks’ leaders.
- 16 November 2021
What lies on the horizon for Europe’s banks?
How has the pandemic affected Europe’s banks? Do they have the right tools to deal with what lies ahead? In this episode of The ECB Podcast, our host Katie Ranger explores these questions with insights from discussions at the 2021 ECB Forum on Banking Supervision.
- 6 October 2021
What is behind current inflation spikes?
What is causing the rise in inflation we are seeing at the moment? And which trends could impact prices in the future? In The ECB Podcast, host Katie Ranger looks for answers to these questions in the discussions held at the recent ECB Forum on Central Banking.
- 25 September 2021
Making monetary policy fit for today and beyond: the ECB strategy review
Our inflation objective and how price changes are measured, employment, climate change… These are just some of the topics we’ve looked at during our strategy review, the outcome of which we revealed in July. In this episode of The ECB Podcast, our host Katie Ranger discusses the review with Chief Economist Philip R. Lane.
- 22 September 2021
Time to act now: results of the economy-wide climate stress test
We at the ECB conducted our first economy-wide climate stress test this year. What are the results? And what do they mean for people, companies, and banks? In this episode of The ECB Podcast, our host Katie Ranger discusses these questions with Vice-President Luis de Guindos and Irene Heemskerk, the head of our climate change centre.
- 16 August 2021
A walk around the central banking wildlife park!
Hawks, doves, owls, swans, bulls and bears… even ostriches. What connects these animals to central banking? How can they help us find our way around the world of economics and finance? Our host Katie Ranger talks about these questions with communications advisor Gabriel Glöckler on The ECB Podcast.
- 15 July 2021
A conversation about female empowerment, the need for an inclusive recovery and transatlantic cooperation
How can we foster the economic empowerment of women after the coronavirus crisis? And what role does transatlantic cooperation play in shaping a more inclusive recovery? Listen to ECB President Christine Lagarde, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and US Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen talk about this and more in the latest episode of the ECB Podcast, hosted by Katie Ranger.
- 16 June 2021
Bicycles, bitcoin and zombie firms: financial stability in the wake of the third wave
What does financial stability have to do with cycling and zombies? How has the third wave of the pandemic affected the financial system? What risks lie ahead? Our host Katie Ranger discusses these questions with our financial stability experts Tamarah Shakir and John Fell on The ECB Podcast.
- 12 May 2021
Tackling climate change as a central bank: Between motivation, obligation and limitation
How can we as a central bank contribute to tackling climate change? What's our role as a central bank and supervisor? Our new host Katie Ranger discusses these questions with Executive Board members Isabel Schnabel and Frank Elderson in this episode of The ECB Podcast.
- 8 March 2021
Fighting biases and empowering women: A conversation on female leadership and gender equality
How can we empower women to aim high? ECB President Christine Lagarde and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, talk about this and share their personal experiences as female leaders in the latest episode of The ECB Podcast hosted by Michael Steen.
- 12 February 2021
How can banks be part of the solution? Supervisory priorities in crisis times
What are banking supervisors worried about for 2021? Why are “marriages” between banks a good idea? And how can supervisors help banks to be part of the solution during this crisis? Our host Michael Steen finds answers to these questions in The ECB Podcast.
- 18 December 2020
Building a bridge towards economic recovery
How will the coronavirus vaccine affect economic recovery in 2021? Where do we stand after nine months of fighting the crisis? And what is the role of the ECB’s monetary policy? Our host Michael Steen discusses these questions with our Chief Economist Philip R. Lane.
- 25 November 2020
A cyclist’s guide to financial stability amid a pandemic
What do cycling and financial stability have in common? How has the pandemic affected the financial system and the economy? What risks lie ahead? Our host Michael Steen discusses these questions and more with economists John Fell and Tamarah Shakir, who analyse financial stability at the ECB.
- 6 November 2020
Is it time for a digital euro?
What is a digital euro? What would its benefits be and how would it affect the way we make payments? When could it be ready? Our host Michael Steen discusses these questions and more with Ulrich Bindseil, who is responsible for market infrastructures and payments at the ECB.
- 29 September 2020
Virtually everywhere? Digitalisation and jobs in the euro area (Part 2)
How is AI changing what we do? What does a job in the platform economy look like? And how is the coronavirus pandemic affecting the way we work in the long-term? Our host Michael Steen discusses these questions and more with economists Robert Anderton and Lara Vivian.
- 02 September 2020
Virtually everywhere? Digitalisation and jobs in the euro area (Part 1)
How does the increased use of digital technologies change the way we work? Is the fear of automation taking away our jobs justified? Or do our tasks and skills evolve to meet the new conditions? Our host Michael Steen discusses these questions and more with economists Valerie Jarvis and Robert Anderton in this episode.
- 10 June 2020
Banks in the coronavirus crisis
What challenges does the coronavirus pandemic pose for banks? And what role can they play in helping the real economy deal with the crisis? Our host Michael Steen discusses these questions and more with ECB Supervisory Board Chair Andrea Enria in this episode.
- 25 May 2020
Coronavirus: zooming in on financial markets
What is the role of financial markets in the economy? How does the coronavirus pandemic affect markets? Is the current crisis also a financial crisis? Our host Michael Steen discusses these questions with ECB Executive Board member Isabel Schnabel.
- 19 May 2020
Coronavirus: from health crisis to economic crisis
How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting the economy? Which sectors have been hit hardest? What is the ECB doing to limit the economic impact of the crisis? Our host Michael Steen discusses these questions with ECB Chief Economist Philip R. Lane.
- 03 March 2020
Climate change and the role of central banks
How does climate change affect financial stability? Why isn’t the ECB buying more green bonds? How can banks better prepare for climate-related risks? Our host Michael Steen discusses these questions with expert guests Fatima Pires, Madelaine Roos and Patrick Amis
- 21 January 2020
Supervising banks: profits, transparency and Brexit
Why do we need banking supervision at the European level? Should a bank be allowed to fail? What does a normal day look like for a supervisor? What are the supervisory challenges posed by Brexit? Our host Michael Steen discusses these questions with expert guests Andrea Enria, Pien van Erp Taalman Kip and Linette Field.
- 29 November 2019
The euro: a tale of two decades
What was it like when the euro was launched in 1999? Where will the euro be in another 20 years? Is there a link between support for the euro and trust in the ECB? Our host Michael Steen discusses these questions with Erkki Liikanen, Martin Wolf and Siria Angino.
- 31 October 2019
Inflation: on porridge, prices and the new normal
What do porridge and prices have in common? How do music and video streaming affect inflation? And is low inflation the new normal? Our host Michael Steen discusses with guests Christiane Nickel, Frank Smets, and ECB Chief Economist Philip R. Lane.
- 30 September 2019
Innovation in payments: Libra, blockchain and crypto-assets
The implications of crypto-assets, emerging payment technologies and Facebook’s plans to create a global digital currency, Libra – discussed by our host, Michael Steen, and guests, Dirk Bullmann, Maria Teresa Chimienti, and ECB Executive Board member Benoît Cœuré.