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Oops. When I posted yesterday, I hadn’t seen an FT article (UK Calls to Open up IMF Chief Selection) reporting that the UK was attempting to "apply the brakes" and not be pushed into a "quick decision" on a single EU candidate to head the IMF.
It's disappointing to see Europe attempting to preserve the outmoded mid-20th century custom of Europeans naming the head of the IMF, and in exchange letting the U.S. name the head of the World Bank. As the Economist today succinctly described the quickly emerging European consensus on France's nomination of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a former finance minister of France: