February 19, 2018 / 2:35 PM / 7 months ago

Germany backs Spain's de Guindos in race for ECB deputy role

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany’s acting Finance Minister Peter Altmaier on Monday threw his weight behind Spain’s Luis de Guindos in the race for the vacant job of European Central Bank vice president.

FILE PHOTO - Peter Altmaier of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leaves the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) headquarters in Berlin, Germany, February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

“It would be an excellent choice if the Eurogroup agreed on him today or at the next meeting,” said Altmaier, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking shortly before a meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels.

Reporting by Peter Maushagen; Writing by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Paul Carrel

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