Who’s in the dog-house in Europe?

European countries may feel it is their prerogative to name the IMF head, despite repeated promises not to do so. To keep on eye on them, we are going to maintain this handy chart that shows who in Europe is unreformed and still insisting on an outmoded and illegitimate selection process, and who realises that this is the 21st century. Drop us a line if you spot some national media which clarifies the position of those that are unknown.

In the dog house: Ireland and Belgium

In the limelight: United Kingdom

European positions on the selection process

What was said
Austria Finance minister Maria Fekter “Considering the situation, that bail was denied, he has to figure out for himself that he is hurting the institution” unknown
Belgium Finance minister Didier Reynder “It is preferable that Europe keeps its place at the heart of the IMF. There is for the moment an equilibrium between the United States, with the World Bank, and Europe, at the Fund. We have to keep that …” Unreformed
Bulgaria     unknown
Cyprus     unknown
Czech Republic     unknown
Denmark     unknown
Estonia     unknown
Finland     unknown
France Finance minister Christine Lagarde I think it would be particularly inappropriate for me to make the slightest comment” Wants the job
Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel “”In principle, we know that in the medium term, emerging countries could have a claim for the top jobs of the IMF as well as the World Bank. However, I believe that with the current situation where there are a lot of discussions on the euro, there are good reasons for Europe to have good candidates available.” Leaning in the wrong direction
Finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble the IMF is so well organized that it can cope with the temporary absence of its chief
Greece     unknown
Hungary     unknown
Ireland Finance minister Michael Noonan “in my view if there is to be a new chairman of the IMF it should be a European candidate…because I believe it’s in our interests” Unreformed
Italy     unknown
Latvia     unknown
Lithuania     unknown
Luxembourg Prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker Mr Strauss-Kahn has not resigned and I do not know either if he is guilty. Why are half of the European governments asking themselves the question of who should replace him? Legalese
Malta     unknown
Netherlands     unknown
Norway     unknown
Poland     unknown
Portugal     unknown
Romania     unknown
Slovakia     unknown
Slovenia     unknown
Spain Finance Minister Elena Salgado When asked if Strauss-Kahn should resign, Salgado said: “It’s a decision that primarily lies” with him. unknown
Sweden     unknown
Switzerland     unknown
United Kingdom Chancellor of the exchequer George Osbourne “I will be concentrating on is who is the best person for the job” Right approach

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