BERLIN, April 27 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
(Writing by Noah Barkin)