Debtor's Deal

Some IMF help for Mexico

Somehow the Washington social scene last week was lacking in the austerity that the International Monetary Fund has usually demanded from its cash- strapped borrowers. Instead, on the occasion of the annual joint meeting of the IMF and the World Bank, there were scores of parties, ranging from elegant dinners in Georgetown town houses to lavish banquets in the National Gallery's East Building. Hundreds of guests arrived in long lines of limousines and munched golden raspberries from California, wild mushrooms from France, and smoked pheasant.

This year the attendees had something new to talk about between sips and mouthfuls. Capping weeks...

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