Euro zone slowdown not enough to control inflation, ECB’s de Guindos says

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FRANKFURT, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The euro zone’s economic slowdown – or possibly recession – will not be enough to control inflation, and the European Central Bank will have to keep raising interest rates, ECB Vice President Luis de Guindos told a Portuguese newspaper.

“The slowdown of the economy is not going to ‘take care’ of inflation on its own,” Expresso quoted de Guindos as saying on Friday.

“The slowdown of the economy will reduce demand pressures, which will lower inflation,” he added. “But, simultaneously, we have to act from the monetary policy standpoint to keep inflation expectations anchored and avoid second-round effects.”

(Reporting by Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

Photo – Vice President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Luis de Guindos . EPA-EFE/ARMANDO BABANI

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