European Central Bank keeps interest rates at record low
14 April 2019 | 10:57 am
The ECB has kept its benchmark refinancing rate at zero, as it weighs up risks to the economy from Brexit and trade disputes. ECB chief Mario Draghi said the eurozone's current economic indicators were "weak."
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