New Europe: Eurogroup considers list of Dijsselbloem’s apirant successors24 November 2017 | 09:32 | FOCUS News Agency
Dijsselbloem’s term end on January 13, his party is no longer a member of the governing coalition and he is not even a Member of Parliament. After five years at the helm of the Eurogroup, he has both friends and a few enemies, given his tendency to speak with contempt about southern members of the Eurozone. His comment in March 2017 about southern European countries spending “all the money on drinks and women” was not his first offensive comment.
Among the names circulated are Italy’s Pier Carlo Padoan, Portugal’s Mario Canteno, Slovakia’s Peter Kazimir, and Austria’s Joerg Schelling. National, economic, and political considerations will bear in.
Padoan and Canteno will be hoping for the waning but considerable support of the Social Democrats, but also Southern Europe. The old tradition of the two parties sharing top jobs in Brussels may be coming to an end as the Social Democrats are losing ground across Europe. Moreover, Portugal and Italy represent economies that remain indebted and electing a President of the Eurogroup may have political significance.
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