EU leaders pay tribute to Draghi as Lagarde takes ECB helm

Draghi farewell event
Mario Draghi hands over to Christine Lagarde. The bell was supposed to be rung at the start of governing council meetings, but Draghi said he never used it.
Photo: ECB

Europe’s leading political figures came together in Frankfurt today (October 28) to praise European Central Bank president Mario Draghi as a pivotal figure in the history of the European Union.

Draghi is due to end his ECB presidency on October 31 after eight eventful years. On November 1, the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, will succeed him.

The German chancellor Angela Merkel, the French president Emmanuel Macron, and the Italian president

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