Dutch finance minister under fire as euro group chairman

3rd February 2014, Comments 1 comment

Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem should be replaced as chairman of the influential euro group by a permanent official, German newspaper Handelsblatt says on Monday.

The paper is critical of Dijsselbloem’s dual role and diplomats have described him as ‘difficult’ and ‘irritating’, the paper says.

He is also said to be too much of a defender of the Netherlands’ interests.

Both Germany and France, the two most powerful euro group members, are keen to see a permanent chairman, Nos television reports.

Dijsselbloem, appointed at the beginning of 2013, is supposed to stay in the job until mid-2015.

© DutchNews.nl

1 Comment To This Article

  • HTD posted:

    on 4th February 2014, 09:11:46 - Reply

    First Olli Rehn and now Dijsselbloem's economic and financial policies are slowly being set aside. Seems like increasingly more decision makers are finally realizing that policies promoting mindless austerity are doing more damage than good in managing the ongoing financial crisis.
    Now if Germany would just excuse itself from Euroland and return to its 'Lieve Deutsche Mark', then we might actually find the current economic downslide slowed and eventually reversed.