HIGHLIGHTS-IMF, World Bank 2015 spring meetings in Washington on Saturday

Sat Apr 18, 2015 6:13pm EDT
 
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WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) - The following are highlights of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings on Saturday in Washington, where finance ministers, central bankers and other top officials are gathering.

FRENCH FINANCE MINISTER MICHEL SAPIN

ON HOW EUROPE IS PROTECTED FROM GREECE'S PROBLEMS

"We have learned to build walls to protect ourselves, to protect the banking system, to protect other countries which could become fragile, if something happens in Greece. So Europe is much stronger. Europe has sheltered itself from turbulence. The danger is for Greece."

ON THE FALL IN THE EURO BEING GOOD FOR EUROPE

"The fall in the value of the euro is very good news for all of Europe and in particular for France. It's very good news."

ON HOW STABILITY IS NEEDED NOW

"So I think what would be good for the European economy is a vision of stability. It doesn't mean things won't move. Markets can move...but the perspective that seems good is one of stability."   Continued...