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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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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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