Next ECB president must have Berlin's support-Germany

BERLIN, April 27 Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:25am EDT

BERLIN, April 27 (Reuters) - Two important European countries have thrown their weight behind Italian Mario Draghi for the ECB presidency, but no candidate will get the post without Berlin's support, a German government spokesman said.

"Without German support no one will become head of the ECB," the spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular government news conference on Wednesday.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in a surprise move during a visit to Rome on Tuesday, backed Italy's candidate to succeed Jean-Claude Trichet. Trichet's term as president expires at the end of October.

Seibert said there had been many talks between Berlin and Paris on the ECB succession, but declined to say whether Germany had been consulted before Sarkozy publicly announced his support for Draghi.

(Writing by Noah Barkin)