IMF Warns About Risks to High Debt Eurozone Countries

The International Monetary Fund said the euro area’s economic recovery “has gained momentum” while it warned that some of the region’s high-debt countries may face difficulties when monetary policy accommodation is reduced.

“The euro area recovery is strengthening and becoming more broad-based,” the IMF said in a statement Thursday following its regular consultations with the 19-nation region. “There should be a renewed commitment to completing the banking union, advancing the capital markets union and creating a common fiscal capacity.”

Still, the Washington-based fund cautioned that “inflation expectations, however, remain subdued, with core inflation at undesirably low levels.” It said countries already operating at capacity should accept inflation above 2 percent “for a prolonged period.”


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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