19 MAY 2011
The International Monetary Fund released today (19 May) the resignation letter of its chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who faces charges of sexual assault and attempted rape. A few hours earlier, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said the next IMF chief should be from the EU.
Speaking at the European Business Summit, Barroso said it was "only natural that EU countries would feel a responsibility to put forward a good candidate" for the top job at the Washington-based institution.
He admitted that Europe had more than one potential candidate for the post, and said the issue needed to be dealt with soon.
One day before, Jean-Claude Juncker, eurozone president and prime minister of Luxembourg, said that commenting on Strauss-Kahn's successor at this stage was "indecent". Juncker appeared to condemn statements by Germany and Belgium, which have already called for the next IMF chief to come from an EU country.
Asked by EurActiv to comment on Juncker's view, Barroso went on the defensive, saying that he had expressed his opinion in response to a question. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the same, Barroso added.
Hours later, the IMF released the text of the resignation letter of Strauss-Kahn, in which he denied "with the greatest possible firmness" all allegations made against him.
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