Dissent at ECB on interest rates, Draghi reveals

Not everyone on the European Central Bank's decision-making governing council was in favour of leaving eurozone interest rates unchanged at a meeting Thursday, ECB chief Mario Draghi revealed.

Asked at a news conference whether the decision to keep borrowing costs at their current historic low of 0.75 percent was unanimous, Draghi indicated there had indeed been dissenting voices.

"There was a wide discussion, but in the end the prevailing consensus was to leave the rates unchanged," the Italian central banker said.

The 23-member governing council traditionally likes any decisions to be unanimous or, failing that, by consensus.

At its meeting last month, rate cuts were not discussed at all, Draghi revealed in November.

But with the economic gloom deepening over the 17 countries that share the euro, many ECB watchers believe there is room for additional monetary easing, even if none of them had predicted a cut in the bank's refi rate at this month's meeting.

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