Duisenberg set to miss ECB policy meeting

This weeks ECB policy-setting meeting will not be attended by Wim Duisenberg who is set to leave the Bank at the end of October. Duisenberg's move to take a back seat on policy matters has led to accusations that the ECB is rudderless.

Not only are interest rates on hold at the European Central Bank. Major decisions at the ECB headquarters are awaiting the installation of its new president, Jean-Claude Trichet.

Issues as diverse as how eastern European nations should prepare for the euro and w

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