July 3, 2019 / 9:12 AM / 21 days ago

ECB's Nowotny says takes very positive view of Lagarde nomination

FILE PHOTO: European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council member and OeNB Governor Ewald Nowotny addresses a news conference in Vienna, Austria March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

VIENNA (Reuters) - European Central Bank policymaker Ewald Nowotny said on Thursday he takes a very positive view of European Union leaders’ decision to name Christine Lagarde president of the ECB. [nL8N2431D3]

Although he had previously said he would like to see Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann succeed Mario Draghi in the top ECB job, he told a news conference that Lagarde had proven herself as head of the International Monetary Fund. [nL8N1WY2WO]

Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Catherine Evans

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