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Imagine choosing Mario Draghi’s successor on merit

Swaha Pattanaik, (2019), “Imagine choosing Mario Draghi’s successor on merit”, Reuters, 29 May

Imagine, for a moment, that the next head of the European Central Bank was chosen on merit. In reality, the process of selecting Mario Draghi’s successor is likely to involve a complex tug of war between rival governments as they carve up the European Union’s top jobs. But as Finnish central bank chief Olli Rehn told a Reuters Breakingviews event on Wednesday, the deciding factor should be competence rather than nationality. If politicians could be persuaded to play along, they could judge the candidates on three broad criteria.

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