EU need 'unchallengeable' choice for IMF, says Mer

Francis Mer has said the EU should agree on an "unchallengeable" contender as Horst Koehler's replacement at the IMF, to avoid a repeat of the squabbling over its previous nomination.

Mer said the controversy surrounding the candidacy of Germany's Caio Koch-Weser - who was eventually rejected as too lightweight by the US - meant "we have an interest in presenting an unchallengeable candidate".

Tradition has dictated that the post was European, at the Washington based Fund and this should remain