Germany to announce name of new Bundesbank president "very soon" - Lindner

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BERLIN, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Germany's new Finance Minister Christian Lindner said on Monday there is still no decision yet on who will succeed outgoing Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann, but he added that the government would announce its proposal very soon.

"Today he will officially say goodbye at a conference of G7 finance ministers and central bank chiefs. And very soon after that, the federal government will make an appointment proposal," Lindner told reporters in Berlin.

Weidmann will step down five years ahead of time on Dec. 31 after a decade of largely fruitless opposition to the European Central Bank's largesse under successive presidents. The German government is expected to pick his replacement before Christmas.

Among the possible candidates to succeed Weidmann are Joachim Nagel, deputy head of the banking department of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and a former Bundesbank official, and Isabel Schnabel, a member of the European Central Bank's Executive Board. read more

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Reporting by Michael Nienaber Editing by Paul Carrel

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