IMF's Blanchard warns Europe could drag world economy down


Olivier Blanchard, the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) chief economist, says the gap between the US and Europe is not only damaging for Europeans but could also spell serious trouble for the global economy.

Following the publication of the complete World Economic Outlook – chapters of which were released last week – Blanchard says Europe's slowdown, which is beginning to engulf even the core European economies, could threaten gains from the increasingly healthy US economy.

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