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Haughty and Dutch are adjectives rarely seen together, like, say, passionate and Swedish or Scottish and chic. It is a tribute to the towering personality of Wim Duisenberg, president of the European Central Bank, that he has somehow broken the national mould.

A child prodigy in the manner of the Indian sage Krishnamurti and our own Old Testament prophet, Gordon Brown, Duisenberg has never knowingly underestimated his own capabilities. Indeed, the haystack-haired former finance minister is so grandly aloof that many of his senior staff at the Frankfurt bunker have never actually seen him. For that reason…

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