Worries Over Duisenburg 'Health'

INSIDE ECB

The softening line of Trichet -- in effect building bridges by aligning his views with those of France's politicians -- also heralds the potential start of a war of succession for the post of chairman of the ECB.

Current incumbent Wim Duisenburg is out of favour with many European politicians for his handling of the ECB. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder, for example, asked Duisenburg privately after his disastrous interview with UK newspaper The Times last October about the state of his "he

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