German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, a leader during the eurozone's debt crisis and an often-resented advocate of spending cuts in troubled member countries, appears ready to leave his post — but there's no certainty his successor will be any less tight-fisted.
Leaders of Schaeuble's party, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, said Wednesday that the 75-year-old would be nominated for speaker of Germany's lower house of parliament in the wake of Sunday's national elections.
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As finance minister, Schaeuble ran budget surpluses and pushed for tough spending cuts in bailed-out countries like Greece.
It's not clear whether any successor would be more lenient; one party in talks to join Merkel's new government, the Free Democrats, had even proposed having Greece leave the euro.