Lagarde: It’s even worse than we thought

27th May 2020 / NewsBits
  • European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde warned Wednesday the eurozone economy will “very likely” contract more than forecast after governments shut down business to contain the pandemic.
  • The ECB now expects the euro club’s economy to shrink between 8 percent and 12 percent, depending on how fast lockdown measures are lifted and economic activity picks up. Earlier forecasts from the European Commission were below 8 percent.
  • “It’s very likely that we’ll be somewhere in between the medium and the severe scenario,” Lagarde said in an online youth dialogue. Predictions of a mild contraction are “out of date.”
  • New forecasts are due early next month, the Frenchwoman said, around the time eurozone governors convene for their next ECB monetary policy meeting.

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