Stephen Brown

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With this week's data also confirming that rapidly rising energy inflation is now biting into consumers' disposable income growth, and given the heightened level of political uncertainty ahead of key elections this year, the pace of economic expansion seems set to slow.

Price pressures are coming up a bit. We would question whether that is strong enough to lead to a sustained increase in core inflation.

The ECB will still need to do more to bring inflation back towards its target on a sustained basis across the euro zone.

August' s slight rise in the euro zone Composite Purchasing Managers' Index suggests that, despite shrugging off the UK's Brexit vote, economic conditions remain fairly subdued.

The fact that the euro zone PMI has not fallen in the two months following the U.K.'s Brexit vote will be welcome news for policymakers. But growth remains too sluggish to push core inflation back to the ECB's target.

Personally, I think you shouldn't underestimate Merkel's ability to pull through this one. I think she's got an awful lot of admiration abroad for what she's done. She's having a tough time convincing the German public, voters, taxpayers, that it's worth doing; but I think she'll do it actually.

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