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Davos 2013: Heard in Davos

By Bloomberg Briefs - 2013-01-25T17:28:51Z

Photograph by Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

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Angel Gurria

OECD Secretary General:

Policy makers in the euro area should push ahead with deficit cuts and avoid the "false dilemma" of the austerity debate. "You need fiscal consolidation in many countries and at same time you need to plant the seeds of future growth. Let's go for the reforms, accelerate the reforms, so we can consolidate the recovery. If you really want to go for a durable recovery, you really have to go for the fundamental measures. Some of these take a long time to get results but today, paradoxically, your best short term policies may be your best long term reforms. The announcement and communication of where you want to go may be your best bet."