IMF says fiscal consolidation still needed

Fiscal consolidation is still necessary despite weak growth and uncertainty making it economically and politically difficult to sustain, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). "In many countries debt ratios and deficits are still far too high to allow a pause in consolidation," the IMF said in its report, Fiscal Monitor, Taking Stock: A Progress Report on Fiscal Adjustment, which was released on October 9 at the IMF's annual meeting in Tokyo.

Carlo Cottarelli

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