Wim to face the music

GERMANY - The temperature is rising in the dispute over whether Wim Duisenberg will step down as president of the European Central Bank.

Jacques Chirac, the French president, has been reminding fellow European leaders that Duisenberg gave his word "face-to-face" that he would vacate the top job within three months of the introduction of euro notes and coins.

The only question now was whether, like a gentleman, Duisenberg would stick to the bargain and move over in favour of a Frenchman.

Chirac has

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