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The European Central Bank's (ECB) its minutes of March meeting on Thursday. The minutes showed that most members of the Governing Council supported the monetary policy easing.
"A large majority of voting members supported the proposed policy package," the ECB said in its minutes.
The central bank cut its interest rate to 0.00% from 0.05% and deposit rate to -0.4% from -0.3% in March. The ECB also expanded its monthly purchases to €80 billion from €60 billion).
The ECB considered a sharper cut in deposit rate.
"On the one hand, a sharper rate cut could be considered, together with indications that the effective lower bound would have been reached for all practical purposes. On the other hand, the proposed limited rate cut could be judged as appropriate for now, given the current assessment, while it would also not rule out the possibility and prospect of further cuts if warranted by the outlook for price stability," the minutes said.
According to the minutes, the downside risks to inflation in the Eurozone and the risks of second-round effects increased.
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