Greek c banker Papademos may replace Noyer

GREECE - Greek central bank governor Lucas Papademos is emerging as a frontrunner to become the European Central Bank's next vice president, European Commission and Greek government sources said Thursday.

The 54-year old Papademos is tipped as the leading candidate to succeed outgoing Frenchman Christian Noyer, who retires in May.

Choosing a new vice president is linked to Central Bank President Wim Duisenberg's retirement plans. Duisenberg said Thursday that he will step down July 9, 2003. But