File photo of European Central Bank (ECB) Executive Board member Joerg Asmussen attending an interview with Reuters in Berlin, February 22, 2013. Leaving the spotlight of the European Central Bank for... more 
File photo of European Central Bank (ECB) Executive Board member Joerg Asmussen attending an interview with Reuters in Berlin, February 22, 2013. Leaving the spotlight of the European Central Bank for a back-office position in a German ministry that pays a fraction of the salary might look at first glance like professional suicide for Joerg Asmussen. But the slim 47-year-old with the shaved head, who has been at the centre of German financial crisis-fighting efforts for over half a decade, may be hoping a strategic step backwards will set him up for bigger and better things down the line, possibly even the German finance ministry. TO GO WITH STORY GERMANY-ASMUSSEN/ REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski/Files (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS) less 
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