Erkki Liikanen

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This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: “Weidmann is a convinced European and an experienced central banker and therefore suitable” Photograph:  Reuters

Jean-Claude Juncker has said he “would not mind” a German becoming head of the European Central Bank, in a sign that the European Commission president(...)

Erkki Liikanen, the former Bank of Finland governor, is the most likely  candidate to succeed Mario Draghi as president of the European Central Bank, according to economists

Erkki Liikanen, the former Bank of Finland governor, is the most likely – but not necessarily the best – candidate to succeed Mario Draghi as presiden(...)

The leadership of the Single Supervisory Mechanism will change on January 1st. Photograph: Reuters

The European Central Bank’s next big appointment will cast a shadow that’s long enough to influence who succeeds Mario Draghi as president. Applicati(...)

Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann said public discussion of who will succeed Mario Draghi as ECB president had started “much too early”. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Jens Weidmann has signalled he is open to succeeding Mario Draghi as president of the European Central Bank, the Bundesbank chief’s strongest hint so (...)

The whistlestop tour of European capitals by Greece’s new leaders is finding doors if not wide open, at least ajar. The mood music is still that Greec(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel (left)  and Greece’s new prime minister Alexis Tsipras right. Mrs  Merkel has repeatedly stated Athens must respect the bailout accord with the EU while Mr Tsipras  for his part has not included Germany among a series of visits to European ;eaders this week. Photograph: AFP

New Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, striking a conciliatory note on debt talks after a turbulent start to office, has called the European Central(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. Photograph: Epa/Michael Reynolds

CLAIRE JONES Mario Draghi has signalled that the European Central Bank is getting ready to unleash a new unconvention(...)

European commissioner Michel Barnier said  proposals had been crafted to avoid any impact on lending to the real economy. Photograph: Thierry Roge/Reuters

Europe unveiled a blueprint to isolate some risky trading at big banks today, which critics dismissed as a limp challenge to their dominance.After the(...)

In a draft European Commission plan, the separation of risky lending operations is no longer mandatory and would be less costly and restrictive than first envisaged.  Photograph: Reuters

Brussels is set to ease flagship financial reforms so big European banks are not automatically forced to split lending operations from risky tradin(...)

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