European champions in inflation

25.05.2020 - EB

Czechs have the highest consumer-price inflation in the entire European Union, which means that the Czech National Bank has not been doing a very good job of fulfilling its constitutional duty of maintaining price stability. At 3.6% in the first quarter and 3.3% in April, the Czech inflation rate is far above the CNB's 2% target and its additional one-point tolerance band. In its latest inflation report, the CNB brushed this infringement aside by forecasting that, "Inflation will fall rapidly below the upper boundary of the tolerance band around the target in the coming months, mainly due to the generally anti-inflationary impacts of the coronavirus pandemic amid a deep decline in domestic economic activity." So, the CNB will again start fulfilling its constitutional duty to maintain price stability, because the economy will go to hell? In boxing, a fighter is sometimes saved by the bell. The central bankers at the CNB are counting on being saved by the economy's death knell.

Glossary of difficult words

to brush something aside - to dismiss someone or something curtly and confidently;

infringement - violation; the action of breaking the terms of a law, agreement, etc.;

death knell - the tolling of a bell to mark someone's death.

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