German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled her backing for Mario Draghi as the next president of the European Central Bank, leaving the Bank of Italy governor unopposed by Europe’s political leaders.
“I know Mario Draghi,” Merkel told Die Zeit newspaper in an interview published today. “He’s a very interesting and experienced person. He’s very close to our ideas of the stability culture and solid economic policy. Germany could support his candidacy for the office of the ECB president.”