Greek hampers for Dutch central bank staff

20th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Employees of the Netherlands' central bank DNB will this year receive a Greek-style Christmas hamper.

The news has prompted questions about whether this is in good taste, since it could be interpreted as a reference to the euro crisis and Greece's possible bankruptcy.

However, an accompanying letter sings the praises of Greek nature and the country’s cuisine and cultural traditions. The DNB hamper contains 65-euros’ worth of stuffed vine leaves, wine vinegar, olive oil and a book on Greek mythology.

A DNB spokesperson said the Greek theme was selected because “Greece has been in the news a lot recently, and that was the reason - not the economic crisis - to put the country in the spotlight in the Christmas hamper.”

The spokesperson said the selection of Greek products for the Christmas hamper was not intended as an oblique reference to the work DNB staff have done in connection with the Greek financial crisis, nor as additional support for the Greek economy.

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