Monday 18 December 2017

Eurogroup chief with Irish link

Q DUTCH Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem was little known outside of his home country before taking on the job of Eurogroup President in January.

The 46-year-old was only appointed to his country's finance brief in November.

He has an affinity with Ireland that the Government no doubt hopes will help its quest to get a deal on its legacy banking debt, as he spent some time in Cork while studying for his master's degree.

But he has a reputation as a stickler for tough fiscal discipline, holding views similar to Germany's, and his initial comments yesterday on the Cypriot bailout reflect those opinions.

Irish Independent

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