New eurozone chief Centeno wants closer unity, fewer crises

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Eurozone chief  Mario Centeno

PARIS — The eurozone’s new leader says he hopes to use his term to bring the 19 countries that use the currency closer together and make them more resistant to crises.

Outgoing leader Jeroen Dijsselbloem of the Netherlands formally handed over power Friday of the eurogroup — in the form of a symbolic bell — to Portugal’s Mario Centeno in a ceremony in Paris. Centeno’s mandate starts Saturday.