File photo of European Central Bank (ECB) executive board member Joerg Asmussen addressing a news conference in Athens August 21, 2013. Leaving the spotlight of the European Central Bank for a ... more 
File photo of European Central Bank (ECB) executive board member Joerg Asmussen addressing a news conference in Athens August 21, 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/John Kolesidis/Files (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT) less 
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