Schroeder vows to help sell Wolfowitz to Europe

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23 March 2005, BRUSSELS - German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Wednesday vowed to help US President George W. Bush sell his controversial candidate for the World Bank presidency, Paul Wolfowitz, to sceptical Europeans.

23 March 2005

BRUSSELS - German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Wednesday vowed to help US President George W. Bush sell his controversial candidate for the World Bank presidency, Paul Wolfowitz, to sceptical Europeans.

Schroeder told reporters at a European Union summit that Bush had phoned him before announcing the deputy defence secretary's nomination to the top global development institution.

"I told him the enthusiasm in Europe would be limited but that Germany would work with him constructively," said Schroeder who has been making strong efforts over the past year to rebuild good relations with Washington after falling out with Bush over the Iraq war.

The German Chancellor noted that candidates sometimes surprised people by growing into their job.

"My impression is that this could succeed (with Wolfowitz)," said Schroeder.

European Union finance ministers have invited Wolfowitz for talks in Brussels by the end of this month for a 'getting-to-know-you' meeting.

The US traditionally names the head of the World Bank, with Europeans getting the International Monetary Fund's top post.

DPA

Subject: German news

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