- Momentum has moderated but Eurozone continues to recover strongly.
- Expects inflation to rise further, then decline in 2022.
- The grip of the pandemic has weakened.
- High energy prices may reduce purchasing power.
- Economy expected to exceed pre-pandemic level by year-end.
About ECB President Lagarde
The European Central Bank’s President Christine Lagarde, born in 1956 in France, has formerly served as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, and minister of finance in France. She began her eight-year term at the helm of the ECB in November 2019. As part of her job in the Governing Council, Lagarde holds press conferences in detailing how the ECB observes the current and future state of the European economy. Her comments may positively or negatively the euro’s trend in the short-term. Usually, a hawkish outlook boosts the euro (bullish), while a dovish one weighs on the common currency (bearish).