March 17, 2010

EU exec to put Greek plan to finmins, Germany doubtful

EUROFIN/What on earth is a “finmin?”

James T.

It’s a bit of headline shorthand for finance ministers, but it doesn’t travel well, especially in places that don’t have finance ministers.

We should avoid using it in headlines unless we absolutely must. This instance was especially confusing, because we didn’t spell out the phrase until the third paragraph: GBU Editor

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet (L) shakes hands with Spanish Finance Minister Elena Salgado at the start of a European Union finance ministers meeting in Brussels March 16, 2010. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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