Top EU officials have called for a European candidate to replace Christine Lagarde as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), with the Netherlands launching a bid to fill the post.
The IMF is seeking a replacement for Lagarde, who was nominated by EU leaders last week as the next president of the European Central Bank (ECB).
“For Spain, and I think for all EU countries, the priority is that the director general will continue to be a European,” said Spanish finance minister Nadia Calvino.
French finance minister Bruno Le Maire also called for a European successor to Lagarde, and said the subject would be discussed informally by eurozone finance ministers.
Dutchman Jeroen Dijsselbloem, former president of the Eurogroup, has been slated as a potential candidate.
Asked about Dijsselbloem, who is the only Dutch name in contention, Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra said: “The Netherlands has some excellent candidates.”
All 11 bosses in the IMF’s history have come from Europe, although emerging economies have previously raised concerns over this practice.
Outgoing Bank of England Mark Carney has also been named in media reports, although there are doubts over whether a British candidate would be welcomed, given the UK is currently set to leave the EU in October.
Despite the speculation, a decision is not expected soon, as the IMF has not yet launched its formal search for a new managing director. Lagarde will take up her role at the ECB in November.
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