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Extreme Treasury spin. The US Treasury Department spin-doctors have released a statement praising Wolfowitz to the rafters ("proven leadership skills and ... a passion for development"). And the statement outrageously finds a form of words which implies that other governments were consulted about the new Bank president.

It claims that "in considering candidates for this position, we consulted extensively with the Bank's Executive Board and Development Committee to come to a consensus on the essential qualifications of a World Bank leader as well as the timing of this selection". Careful readers will note that this is not by any means the same as a consultation on actual candidates which the US might think fits its criteria. As I reported earlier this week senior European officials on Monday confirmed they were completely in the dark about who the US Administration was considering.

Indeed some people I spoke to today think the US deliberately announced the Wolfowitz nomination at a time when most of the European EDs to the Bank were away in Brussels.

Alex Wilks ~ March 16, 2005

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