So, within reason, everything has gone as planned - although you could hardly say it went like clockwork. There were surely some dark hours for Jean-Claude Trichet as he sat in the dock in the French law courts defending his integrity over the Credit Lyonnais affair, but that is now all in the past. Look instead to the bright future of the Trichet years at the European Central Bank, when this institution will mature under his command into one of the unwavering pillars of the new Europe.
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