Slecht nieuws voor de trouwe volgers van ECB-persconferenties. journalist Michael Steen, chef van de FT-redactie in Frankfurt, is overgelopen naar de vijand
. Per 1 januari a.s. begint hij als de baas van de persvoorlichting bij de ECB. Slimme zet van de ECB, omdat Steen de eerste journalist ter plekke was, die Draghi's vaagheid over het opkoopprogramma OMT ontmaskerde. Uit de notulen van 7 maart
van dit jaar: 'Mr Draghi, you have just said that we know the rules on OMTs. I do not think I am alone in saying that, actually, I do not think we do. The only thing you have published that I am aware of is an approximately 440-word statement that you read out to us in September; other than that it feels a bit like we are slowly piecing together the picture. Would you consider giving us, at some point, a full, written, point-by-point document stating how it works, what a country must do, etc., or is this a deliberate policy to keep it a little bit vague?'
En het antwoord: 'Draghi: I am not sure I understand your question. I think, by now, that you have in fact stopped asking questions about how the OMT works because you understand how it works. We have gone through all the conditions that would make a country eligible for OMTs and we have said that this would be a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for the ECB to step in. We listed the conditions, we specified the role of the European Stability Mechanism, the International Monetary Fund, and so on and so forth. I do not want to go through all of this again and again. If you are referring to the legal documentation, that is a different matter. We are still working on this. It is coming out, but that is it in terms of information on how it works'
. Sindsdien was er maandelijks een soortgelijke vraag van Steen, waarbij hij en Draghi bijna verliefde blikken uitwisselden.
En op via Twitter kwam de onvermijdelijke vraag: