ECB plans for reform may run into problems

Plans to reform the European Central Bank, including cutting the voting power of smaller European Union member states, are expected to run into trouble this week. Some Finnish MPs claim Paavo Lipponen, their prime minister, assured them that the Bank of Finland would always have a say in eurozone interest rate decisions.

The reforms, which have to be approved unanimously, have been criticised in the Finnish parliament, whose members are angry that their country would no longer have permanent v