Europe on the mend, but eurozone still shaky - Draghi
By Mark Thompson and Irene Chapple@CNNMoneyJanuary 25, 2013: 8:04 AM ET
Davos, Switzerland (CNNMoney)
Europe has made substantial progress in recovering from the credit crisis, reflected in improving market sentiment, but the jury is still out on the eurozone, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Friday.
Hailed as the euro's savior for his bond-buying plan that calmed markets last year, Draghi said European governments deserved credit for reducing borrowing and beginning to reform their economies.
Describing 2012 as the year the euro was relaunched, the central banker said the positive market sentiment had yet to work through to the real economy.
"It turned out to be very helpful in removing the risk for the euro as such," Draghi said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, referring to the bond-buying plan. "But we haven't seen an equal momentum on the real side of the economy, that's where we will have to do much more."
His comments came two days after the International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for the eurozone, predicting the region's gross domestic product would contract for a second year running.