Handelsblatt has not asked the crucial questions and also gave Mr Thiele the chance to easily NOT answer the few relevant questions and to repeat the semi-truths he and his predecessors have been repeating for many years now. I concur with the important questions you have formulated – and of course we can think of many more for Bundesbank.
What is also interesting is the following:
a) This interview first showed up ONLY in the PRINT edition Handelsblatt (Feb 19, 2014). Due to it not being online for several days and due to its inadequacy / irrelevance / missing news in it I chose to ignore it this time.
b) A few small news-agencies published EXCERPTS on their online pages – albeit very brief ones. ...