João Leão right in the days when he was running the country's spending

Portugal’s former finance minister ‘still with chance’ of plum Brussels’ posting

Former finance minister João Leão is still ‘in with a chance’ for the plum Brussels’ post as head of the European Stability Mechanism, but the way ahead has become complicated. Expresso reports that ‘the race’ for the job appears to be between Leão and Luxembourg’s former finance minister Pierre Gramenga. But Italy is insisting on introducing a third candidate, says the paper. Voting has been scheduled for June 16 – and it is possible now that decisions will have to be delayed. João Leão has recently been in a national controversy, after leaving government for the one university that he green-lighted for special funding.