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Dutch euro group chief Dijsselbloem will keep everyone in the eurozone

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, elected leader of the EU euro group on Monday evening, says he is not in favour of ejecting any countries from the eurozone.

This is in direct opposition to his predecessor Jan Kees de Jager and current prime minister Mark Rutte, says the Financieele Dagblad.

Dijsselbloem told the paper the euro group has entered a new phase. 'The deepest point of the crisis is behind us and it is not fruitful to continue discussing the integrity of the eurozone and keeping it together,' he told the FD.

The minister said earlier he would follow his predecessor's policy, which is supported by parliament. That policy said having to leave the eurozone was the final consequence for countries that do not keep to European agreements on restructuring and budgets.

'We now have to concentrate on strengthening the eurozone, which has remained together through the crisis. Asking which countries should stay in the eurozone does not help,' Dijsselbloem said.

 

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Readers' Comments

I agree. We do not form a union and stick together during good times and want to be out during bad times. These guys must show some commitments!

By ufo | 22 January 2013 4:21 PM

@ufo: I'm not sure I agree with you . I also think that one does should not join a club and not follow its rules (if you never pay your clubs bills I'm sure you'll be thrown out). There must be a mechanism by which those breaking the rules (or worse, cheating) can be expelled. Of course Dijsselbloem is making a statement in the interest of the zone's economy, and expulsion must not be threatened as soon as something goes wrong - it must remain an extreme case showing that it's not "once I'm in I'm in and I can do whatever I want". At least, that is my opinion

By the_expat | 22 January 2013 4:34 PM

Which is why is was chosen. To keep the more eurosceptic nations in check and NL was slowly moving towards that state of mind. What a farce. Democracy, eh?

By David | 22 January 2013 4:57 PM

Hi,
'The deepest point of the crisis is behind us and it is not fruitful to continue discussing the integrity of the Eurozone and keeping it together,’ He’s wrong and the Americans know it. There’s more to come.

By Terence Hale | 22 January 2013 5:59 PM

@ufo:
I don't agree. It depends on if the "bad times" is caused by the constant misbehavior of some of "us". If they keep on doing it, I would say, show them the door. If they have a majority in the group, leaving the group is also a good idea.

By George | 23 January 2013 8:20 AM

Crisis is behind us?! What exactly changed to make the future so bright? Only Dragi promising to break the bank with counterfit euros. Eur/usd must remain high or the bond vigilantes are back,and that will hurt export nations such as Germany(#1) and Nl (#2). This is not likely to end well. Hope is not a viable strategy.

By Hillbilly | 23 January 2013 8:46 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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