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The ECB’s wobbly ‘bridge function’
After the financial crisis of 2008, EU leaders decided that the European Central Bank needed supervisory powers over banks. Initially, the project successfully helped rein in bad practices and clean up banks' balance sheets. However, if the ECB's supervisory and monetary policy-setting functions are not kept separate, it could lead to a conflict of interests, and even give the bank political power it was never meant to have.