Spain's PM backs economy minister as potential candidate to head euro group

FILE PHOTO: Spain's Deputy Prime Minister and Economic Affairs Minister Nadia Calvino attends an European Union finance ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Johanna Geron

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday he would look favourably on the country’s economy minister becoming a candidate to lead the euro zone’s group of finance ministers.

Sanchez said Spain would be “very interested” in leading the so-called euro group, adding it was an “honour” that Economy Minister Nadia Calvino had been tipped as a leading candidate after Portugal’s Mario Centeno said he would step down from the post.

Reporting by Joan Faus; Editing by Mark Potter