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The Netherlands poised to get top European job, says Barroso

Saturday 22 December 2012

The Netherlands will soon hold a top job within the European Union, the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso told the Volkskrant on Saturday.

‘The Netherlands will very soon get a very important top European position,’ Barroso said in an interview with the paper. ‘That is my prediction and my predictions come true.’

There has been considerable speculation that finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem is to be appointed chairman of the influential group of 17 euro finance ministers.


European sources told the paper prime minister Mark Rutte, German chancellor Angela Merkel and other leading officials have reached agreement on Dijsselbloem’s appointment.

And Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker said earlier this week he had ‘reasons to believe’ Dijsselbloem could be his successor as chairman of the euro group.

Juncker told a local radio station he expects to request nominations by early January and ‘there will only be one candidacy.’

© DutchNews.nl

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Readers' comments (8)

Ain't democracy wonderful? Top jobs doled out by unelected Presidents to dictate what we the proletariat must pay for. How can you Dutch accept this tyrany?

By Ellis | December 22, 2012 3:08 PM

Sure hope that person is concerned and looks after what is good for The Nederlands

By dee | December 22, 2012 3:10 PM

Agree with Ellis, this is tyranny! Don't have to look abroad for a democratic deficit, just our own backyard...

By MaxMaya | December 22, 2012 5:50 PM

if he cannot fix the rising local unemployment, he is capable of fixing that in EU?

By ufo | December 23, 2012 10:16 AM

You would have thought somebody experienced and competent would be more suited to that job.

By Roy | December 23, 2012 2:01 PM

The Netherlands poised to get top European job, says Barroso. Eurorating, the democracy of bribery.

By Terence Hale | December 23, 2012 7:43 PM

To Ellis: im Dutch and i had exactly the same thoughts... yet again an over paid bonus grabbing bozo put in power without any democratic vote from the public! and the dumb asses in brussels keep wondering why the public isnt so eu friendly anymore....

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