The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) has launched a new comprehensive asset purchase programme to stabilize the eurozone in the coronavirus crisis. An initial sum of 750 billion euros will be used to purchase government, corporate and bank bonds until the end of the year. In contrast to the previous government bond-buying programme, the ECB capital key now serves only as a benchmark for the purchases. The ECB explicitly reserves the right to deviate from this key temporarily. In addition, requirements regarding the minimum credit quality of the bonds will be suspended, with the result that, unlike in the previous programme, Greek government bonds can now also be purchased. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter.