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EU watchdog wants next ECB boss barred from joining opaque G30

(Reuters) - The next head of the European Central Bank and other ECB policymakers should be barred from joining an opaque club of top figures in finance, the European Union's Ombudsman said on Thursday, referring the matter to the European Parliament.

EU Commission, not ECB, presidency is priority for Merkel - Handelsblatt

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel is focussing on securing the European Commission presidency for a German candidate, rather than backing Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann to succeed Mario Draghi at the helm of the European Central Bank (ECB), Handelsblatt reported.

ECB tells Greek banks not to raise exposure to government's debt - source

ATHENS (Reuters) - The European Central Bank (ECB) has asked Greek banks not to increase their holdings of Greek government debt, including Treasury bills, a banking source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

ECB says no changes to collateral for Greek banks

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank has made no changes to the eligible collateral Greek banks can put up to receive emergency loans from the Bank of Greece, the ECB said on Monday, dismissing a newspaper report that it had agreed to broaden the framework.

Coeure calls for timely exit from ECB emergency mode

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A timely exit from the European Central Bank's emergency measures is essential to avoid speculative asset bubbles and to keep banks and governments from becoming too dependent on the ECB's cheap money, Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said.

ECB can give no more liquidity to Greece - former ECB board member

ROME (Reuters) - The European Central Bank can no longer give emergency liquidity to Greek banks due to the breakdown of talks between Athens and its creditors and doubts over Greece remaining in the euro, former ECB board member Lorenzo Bini Smaghi said in remarks published on Sunday.

Merkel allies will not insist a German heads the ECB after Draghi

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), a possible partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel's next government, will not insist on a German successor to ECB President Mario Draghi when his term expires in 2019, a senior FDP member said on Thursday.

Rebuffing critics, ECB chief promises to increase inflation

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European Central Bank President Mario Draghi promised on Monday to increase inflation, rejecting criticism of the ECB's loose monetary policy and arguing that sluggish growth in prices was damaging the euro zone economy.

ECB extends emergency liquidity for Greek banks

ATHENS/VIENNA (Reuters) - The European Central Bank raised the ceiling on emergency liquidity for Greek banks on Monday for the third time in six days and a senior ECB policymaker said any further extension would depend on how talks with creditors progress.

ECB defends payments system in Iran sanctions debate

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank defended its payments system on Thursday, after a newspaper reported that the U.S. Congress is preparing new Iran sanctions to target the ECB's system for settling cross-border payments.