IMF head Christine Lagarde: can she save the euro?

Posted by Kendall Harmon

...while this might come as a surprise to Greeks suffering under extreme austerity, some say Lagarde's approach to the eurozone is less draconian than the IMF's traditional policy towards developing world economies. Is it easier to impose harsh demands upon small economies, but much harder to tell difficult truths to the big ones – particularly fellow Europeans? "No," she says firmly. "No, it's not harder. No. Because it's the mission of the fund, and it's my job to say the truth, whoever it is across the table. And I tell you something: it's sometimes harder to tell the government of low-income countries, where people live on $3,000, $4,000 or $5,000 per capita per year, to actually strengthen the budget and reduce the deficit. Because I know what it means in terms of welfare programmes and support for the poor. It has much bigger ramifications."

So when she studies the Greek balance sheet and demands measures she knows may mean women won't have access to a midwife when they give birth, and patients won't get life-saving drugs, and the elderly will die alone for lack of care – does she block all of that out and just look at the sums?

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Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsForeign RelationsPolitics in General* International News & CommentaryEurope--European Sovereign Debt Crisis of 2010Greece

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Posted May 26, 2012 at 7:35 am

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1. Pageantmaster ن wrote:

Interesting puff piece, with some interesting insights.  She’s a bright lady, but I would not put my trust in Christine Lagarde.

Only Jesus saves.

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