Germany denies backing BoE chief Carney as next head of IMF

Government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that Germany "would wish for a qualified European candidate."

She denied reports that Germany and France have agreed to support departing Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, who is Canadian but who recently became a British citizen too.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel later said that Europeans lay claim to nominating the next IMF chief, but said such positions wouldn't be decided solely based on a candidate's "geographical origin."

Lagarde has been nominated to lead the European Central Bank, replacing Mario Draghi.

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