Faites vos jeux The ECB needs a new vice-president

FEATURE - A routine letter, says the European Central Bank. Maybe, say those who watch the ECB. But a reminder, still, about the fun in the next few months, with luck at the expense of some very important Frenchmen.

From The Economist magazine, 26 January.

The letter is indeed routine. The president of the ECB, Wim Duisenberg, has written to the EU Council of Ministers to remind them that next May the office of vice-president falls vacant. The term of the current incumbent, Christian Noyer, who