EU wants central banker to follow Duisenberg

GERMANY - The European Parliament doesn't want a politician to succeed Wim Duisenberg as president of the European Central Bank, a newspaper reports.

"The credibility of an independent monetary policy would suffer if a finance minister were to move directly to the helm of the ECB," said Christa Randzio-Plath, head of the parliament's economic affairs committee, according to an advance summary of an article to be published Friday.

Therefore, Duisenberg's successor should be chosen from the euro-