Wim Duisenberg's legacy

FEATURE - Wim Duisenberg, the Dutchman who has headed the European Central Bank (ECB) since its inception, is standing down in July next year.

Under Mr Duisenberg, the ECB has successfully launched the euro, the single currency used by the 12 countries of the eurozone, first as a wholesale currency and then - this January - as a cash currency used by 300 million European citizens.

The smooth launch of the euro, despite predictions of fraud and chaos, has made it easier for Mr Duisenberg to step

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