Merkel: It should be up to Europeans to name new IMF head

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Merkel: It should be up to Europeans to name new IMF head
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a news conference with Finland's new Social Democrat Prime Minister Antti Rinne, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke   -   Copyright  HANNIBAL HANSCHKE(Reuters)

BERLIN (Reuters) – It should be up to the Europeans to name who will succeed Christine Lagarde as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

Speaking after talks with Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, she said: “We agreed that there is a European claim to naming the president of the IMF again. The world has changed so we will need to fight for that.”

(Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Madeline Chambers)