Padoa-Schioppa 'serious' candidate for econ min

Romano Prodi, Italy's election winner, said on Friday 21 April that former European Central Bank board member Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa was a "serious" candidate to become his economy minister, but that nothing had been decided yet.

One Italian newspaper reported on Thursday that Padoa-Schioppa had already accepted the post, something Prodi dismissed as speculation.

"(His candidature) is certainly a serious and considered possibility," Prodi told reporters, adding: "There is no post that's fixed i