WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the International Monetary Fund says the greatest threat to a lasting economic recovery in Europe is "the fatigue of both governments and populations" over painful steps already taken to boost growth and combat national debt.
IMF Managing Director Christine LaGarde says the economy seems better in the United States, although she's watching the effects of automatic budget cuts.
LaGarde was asked on "CBS This Morning" about a Newsweek magazine cover asking, "Can this woman save Europe?"
She responds, "I think it will take Europeans to save themselves."
She says recovery efforts "will last a long time because you have 17 countries trying to get together." LaGarde says she worries that Europeans might be thinking "they've done enough and now it's time to reap the benefits."
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