Jean-Claude Juncker to Step Down End of December

Eurogroup head Jean-Claude Juncker has announced that he is stepping down at the end of December.

The Luxembourg prime minister has held the post of Eurogroup head since 2005, and his move was widely expected.

Eurogroup is made up of finance ministers from nations in the single European currency.

It is not yet clear who will succeed him in the post, and any candidate will have to be acceptable to the euro’s main powers, France and Germany.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and France’s Pierre Moscovici are the most likely candidates.

“I don’t have to endorse anyone,” Mr Juncker told reporters. “I was asking my colleagues to provide for my succession.

“And I asked them to do everything possible to appoint another minister as chair of the Eurogroup.”

via BBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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