Germany’s ruling centre-right coalition parties are expected to agree this week to appoint Jens Weidmann, chief economic adviser to Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, as the youngest president of the Bundesbank. The move follows the surprise resignation of Axel Weber as head of the fiercely independent German central bank.
Mr Weber, who will leave at the end of April, had been expected to be Germany’s candidate to be the next president of the European Central Bank. His departure has left Ms Merkel without an obvious alternative for the ECB job. Read more