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Dutch and Swiss doubts. While many other European governments sadly seem to be leaning in the direction of accepting the US nomination, at least the Dutch and Swiss are still briefing that they are prepared to put up a fight.

"It is always elegant to have more than one candidate," Gerrit Zalm, Dutch finance minister, said on the margins of Sunday's European finance ministers meeting. "We now have to judge if he is a capable man."

The Swiss Executive Director gave an interview to Tages-Anzeiger (subs) on Friday. When asked if he would support Wolfowitz, he laughed and said "we will see", before agreeing with the interviewer that the Swiss government wanted to test Wolfowitz on his management credentials and how he would distance the Bank from US government policy.

Worryingly, though, Germany seems to have folded early. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has put out a statement indicating that he has already pledged his support for Wolfowitz in a phone call to Bush.

Alex Wilks ~ March 21, 2005

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