Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde


Nominated as candidate for President of the European Central Bank, I have temporarily relinquished my responsibilities as Managing Director of the @IMFNews.

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I was honoured to visit the House of European History in Brussels today. It is heartening to be reminded of how much has been achieved in bringing our continent and its people closer.

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On the picture you can see the Lord Mayor’s chain of office, which is traditionally worn on official events and visits.

It was good to meet with Presidents Michel, von der Leyen and Centeno ahead of next week's Euro Summit. We discussed the latest economic developments and the need to strengthen our Economic and Monetary Union.

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I was pleased to invite my new Governing Council colleagues to join me at an off-site retreat yesterday. We discussed in an open and informal setting the running of the Governing Council.

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It was a pleasure to welcome Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe @Paschald ) to the ECB to discuss developments in the euro area economy. I am looking forward to working with him and the other members of the Eurogroup.

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Vice-President Luis de Guindos and I were delighted to join many colleagues in marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, at an event hosted by the ECB’s DiversAbility network. Together we need to create a working environment that is inclusive for all. #IDPD 

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Today is my last day as Managing Director of the @IMFNews , an institution with a brain, a wallet—and a heart. During the past eight years, we strengthened the Fund’s commitment to serve its member countries. It is an experience that I will treasure forever.

Congratulations to my dear friend Sri Mulyani Indrawati of Indonesia for being named Finance Minister of the year by The Banker. Well done. Well deserved.

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Today, I met #Mexico ’s President @lopezobrador_ . I commended him for the pursuit of prudent fiscal policies and his focus on boosting inclusive growth and reducing poverty, #inequality  and #corruption .

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Congratulations to President on his very effective leadership Summit. My message to Leaders: work together and decisively to ensure inclusive growth. Read my full statement here: #G20Summit 

Just met President Buhari of Nigeria. Impressed with government’s response to challenge of sustained, low oil prices

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Thank you, IMF staff for 8 years of achieving a lot together. You are the brain and heart of this great institution.

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On my first day here at the ECB, I’m looking forward to meeting my new team and to working with them over the next eight years for the 340 million Europeans who use the euro every day.

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