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IMF says Europe, US must deliver on promises to improve global economy

What is needed is a sustained recovery, not a bounce, according to IMF head



WASHINGTON—The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Europe and the U.S. must deliver on commitments to achieve a decisive turn in a global economy fraught with uncertainty.

Christine Lagarde says what is needed is a sustained recovery, not a bounce.

To achieve that objective, she says, decision makers must be real action-takers and deliver on their promises to carry out programs to get their economies back on track.

Lagarde said in a speech that the most urgent action was needed in Europe, the epicenter of the crisis.

But she also said the United States must avoid plunging off a fiscal cliff of deep government spending cuts and tax increases that could cause another recession and harm the global economy.

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