Germany denies tipping IMF chief Lagarde for top Europe job

The German government has issued a denial after reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted Christine Lagarde to lead the European Commission.

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Christine Lagarde: 'I'm not a candidate for EC job'

The head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, has firmly denied suggestions that she may become the next president of the European Commission.

Speaking at an IMF press conference in London, Ms Lagarde insisted: "I'm not a candidate and the reason I'm not a candidate is I have a job and it's a job I happen to think is rather important at the moment."

She also made a reference to the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, saying: "When you start something you've got to finish the job, that's what a few people did 70 years ago, thank goodness."

Christine Lagarde: 'I'm not a candidate' for EU job

The head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, has dismissed suggestions that she is in line for a new role as President of the European Commission, the EU's executive body.

ITV News Economics Editor Richard Edgar is at a press conference with Ms Lagarde at the Treasury.

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Lagarde 'focused on job' amid EC Presidency rumours

Germany has denied reports it tipped Ms Lagarde for the EC post. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has hit back at rumours that Managing Director Christine Lagarde could be the next President of the European Commission.

In a statement, the IMF said is "focused on her work" and "intends to complete" her term at the body, which runs until 2016.**

Merkel 'calls for Lagarde as EU Commission chief'

Christine Lagarde, left, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Credit: Kay Nietfeld/DPA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked France if it is willing to put forward Christine Lagarde as the next chief of the EU Commission, sources have told the Reuters news agency.

Ms Lagarde is current managing director of the International Monetary Fund and former French Finance Minister.

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