Next ECB head may not be French says Italy's Tanzi

ITALY - Wim Duisenberg's successor as president of the European Central Bank may not necessarily be French. That is the belief of Italy's Treasury undersecretary Vito Tanzi who spoke to Italian daily La Repubblica on Saturday.

"If European ministers stopped considering Trichet as a candidate, it is clear that they could choose a new one, even Italian, for the ECB presidency. Italy has very skilled professionals, with high international visibility," Tanzi is quoted as saying in the newspaper.