Tom Fairless Reporter
  • Frankfurt
  • The Wall Street Journal

Tom Fairless writes about the European Central Bank from The Wall Street Journal's Frankfurt office. His coverage areas include monetary policy, the European economy and the ECB’s new role overseeing the region's banks.

Focus Areas

  • European Central Bank
  • Monetary Policy
  • The European Economy

52 Articles
12 days ago
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U.S.-Europe Trade Booms as Old Allies Draw Closer

Russia’s attack on Ukraine and China’s economic travails are encouraging a trans-Atlantic trade and investment renais...

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23 days ago
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Europe Doubles Down on Big Government

Faced with soaring inflation and an energy crisis, European politicians are adding thousands of public-sector jobs, g...

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about 1 month ago
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German Economy Shows Surprise Strength Ahead of Expected Recession

Europe’s largest economy grew modestly in the three months through September, helped by robust consumption.

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about 1 month ago
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ECB Raises Rates by 0.75 Point to Highest in More Than a Decade

The European Central Bank increased interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point for the second time in a r...

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about 1 month ago
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Higher Interest Rates Can Take a Long Time to Bring Down Inflation

Lags between rate increases and real-world impacts raise the twin risks of tightening too much and too little.

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about 2 months ago
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Germany Blames Sabotage for Train Outage

Severed cables temporarily shut down train traffic across the country’s north, fueling concern about the safety of cr...

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2 months ago
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Central Banks’ Higher Rates, Bond Sales Clash With Government Needs

Central banks and governments are on a collision course in their efforts to bolster economic growth and contain infla...

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2 months ago
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Germany to Cap Energy Prices as Industry Is Pushed to the Brink

The price cap marks a response to growing concerns that a wave of insolvencies could wash over the country and disrup...

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2 months ago
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War, Inflation Knock World Economy Off Balance

Business surveys indicate that economic activity in Europe declined sharply in September, raising the risk of recessi...

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3 months ago
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Do Wages Drive Prices, or Vice Versa? The Answer Matters for Interest Rates

Despite central bank worries, accelerating wages have not fueled broader inflation in the past. Whether they will now...

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3 months ago
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ECB Raises Interest Rates by a Historic 0.75 Point as Europe Stares at Recession

The European Central Bank raised its key interest rate by 0.75 percentage point, moving aggressively to combat record...

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3 months ago
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Inflation Tops 9% in Eurozone, Piling Pressure on Policy Makers

Rising prices in the eurozone underscore the economic shock dealt by Russia’s war in Ukraine and increase the pressur...

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