Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem came under fire today (27 April) during the European Parliament’s plenary session because of his role in the Greek bailout programme and his comments about Southern European member states.
President of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem said today (7 April) he does not intend to resign before his mandate ends in January. He insisted that none of his EU counterparts had called for his resignation.
A new president of the Eurogroup could be elected by the summer break, as the controversy surrounding Jeroen Dijsselbloem has almost put paid to any chance he had of completing his mandate once a new Dutch government is formed.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent yesterday (23 March) a letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker asking if the bloc's acquis communautaire applies to all EU countries without exception or it’s applicable to all except Greece.
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Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Wednesday (22 March) expressed "regret" over his comments that southern European countries blew their money on "drinks and women" but rejected calls to resign, despite a growing chorus of indignation.
Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager skipped the European Commission's "no comment on comments" policy to criticise Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem's remarks about southern member states.
Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem was targeted by a mail bomb which had been "intercepted", his spokesman said yesterday (21 March), a day after Greek police found eight "suspect" packages addressed to European officials.
Acting Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said yesterday (20 March) that he would have a discussion with his eurozone colleagues about his continuation as Eurogroup president, following the electoral debacle of his party in The Netherlands.
The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) – the eurozone's bailout fund – should ultimately be turned into a European version of the International Monetary Fund IMF, according to the head of eurozone finance ministers.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem could well lose his role as chair of the EU body coordinating eurozone policy after his party was routed in the Dutch election. But there is a chance he could retain his position even if he is no longer finance minister in a new coalition.
The Eurogroup took a small step on Monday (20 February) towards the completion of the second review of Greece's €86 billion rescue programme, placing the emphasis on reforms over austerity to reduce the country's huge debt pile.
Eurozone and IMF officials met with Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos this afternoon (10 February) to overcome the stalemate in the bailout programme after the lenders agreed to request an additional €3.6 billion in cuts by 2018.
Greece should leave the eurozone and then be given debt relief, the head of Germany's pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) told German radio today (9 February), as a dispute between the eurozone, the IMF and Greece itself continues unabated.
Eurozone finance ministers on Monday approved new debt relief measures to alleviate Greece's colossal debt mountain in the wake of its huge €86 billion bailout, but at levels far short of those demanded by the IMF.
Some eurozone members have expressed their willingness to invest more but did not take on board the executive’s proposal for a common positive fiscal stance to boost the bloc’s recovery, at a Eurogroup meeting held today (5 December).
Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, in a move likely to anger Athens and the IMF, warned yesterday (7 November) it would be impossible to draw up fresh debt relief for Greece by year's end.