In December I was speculating why German finance minister Steinbrück had already given up hope for the next German Commsioner being from his SPD. Steinbrück was making a case then for (more) Germans at the top posts at international (financial) organisations. Now his indications start to turn into concrete action over the top post at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) which needs a successor for Frenchman Jean Lemierre within the next months.
Süddeutsche Zeitung has a good point in mentioning State Secretary Thomas Mirow not only as Steinbrück’s first choice – but as a good choice in general. Apparently, mainly the Greeks and Czechs need some convincing not to field their own candidates.
A change at Mirow’s post in the German Finance Ministry could also pave the way for a more flexible approach to the EU budget. Here Mirow and Steinbrück fought a tough “net-payer” line with a very unflexible position on any EU budget increases.
[Picture taken from Bundesministerium der Finanzen]