January 19, 2018 / 11:56 AM / 3 months ago

IMF's Lagarde urges next German government to show global leadership

BERLIN (Reuters) - International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said it was reassuring that exploratory talks between Germany’s conservatives and Social Democrats (SPD) had been successful and urged a new government to show global leadership.

FILE PHOTO - International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde attends a seminar to mark 20th anniversary of the launch of IMF's Asia-Pacific Office, in Tokyo, Japan November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Merkel’s conservatives and the SPD agreed to a coalition blueprint last week but it is not yet clear whether they will proceed to full-blown coalition negotiations - the SPD is due to vote on that on Sunday.

Asked by broadcaster n-tv what she expected from a new government in Europe’s largest economy, Lagarde said: “Germany is a key player and it must demonstrate leadership in Europe and the world.”

Reporting by Michelle Martin and Paul Carrel

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