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Trichet Calls for ‘More Ambitious’ Rules for Deficit Breakers

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet called for “more ambitious” rules to force member countries to maintain fiscal discipline and punish those who don’t.

“For the euro area, more ambitious reforms are needed to ensure the smooth functioning of monetary union,” Trichet said in a speech at the World Policy Conference in Marrakech. There must be “greater automaticity, accelerated timelines and reduced room for discretion in procedures.”