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Post confirms European no. 2 bid. The Washington Post has followed our story of yesterday with a piece indicating that Paul Wolfowitz has agreed that European governments can have a senior deputy position at the top of the World Bank. No names are mentioned.

Developing country officials are quoted, meanwhile, saying that they are not going to put up a candidate for World Bank president.

One reason, an unnamed official told the Post, is that the developing countries are aware of the European desire to get the deputy's job, and a Third World challenge to Wolfowitz would only give the Europeans extra leverage.

The G-11 grouping of directors representing developing countries met Wolfowitz yesterday. While they are not going to challenge Wolfowitz they issued a very guarded statement after their meeting, indicating that they "are briefing their governments and consulting with them on this nomination."

Wolfowitz also met European board members yesterday. No details have yet emerged, except for the fact that Wolfowitz was "humble and charming".

The process's politicisation and opacity means that even this high-flown policy analysis had to be provided to the Post on an off the record basis.

Alex Wilks ~ March 24, 2005

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