Trichet affair could hurt euro, says EC president

GERMANY - European Commission president Romano Prodi said in a newspaper interview Saturday that the legal problems of French Central Bank Governor Jean-Claude Trichet, tipped to become the next head of the European Central Bank (ECB), could pose a problem for the euro.

Trichet has been ordered to face trial over misleading accounting by the Credit Lyonnais bank, which is expected to begin some time before July 2003, probably March.

The trial has cast doubt on the candidacy of Trichet, widely

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