The storm on the president of the Eurogroup: “the countries of The South spend money on women and alcohol”

Published on Mar 22, 2017

“The Countries of Northern Europe have shown solidarity with the Countries affected by the crisis of the euro. I, as a social democrat give importance to solidarity, but they can't spend all the money on liquor and women – Schnaps und Frauen, ed – and then ask for solidarity”. To the president of the Dutch of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem, were enough of these words, given to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, to raise a firestorm of controversy in Brussels, where the european socialists are wondering if the politician is not yet suitable to hold the position. The storm on the president of the Eurogroup: “the countries of The South spend money on women and alcohol”. “During the crisis of the euro, the Countries of the North have shown solidarity with the Countries most affected. As a social democrat I give a lot of importance to the solidarity, but you also have obligations you can't spend all the money for alcohol and women and then ask for help”: because of these words, spoken in an interview to the Faz, the president of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem is now at the centre of a storm with the socialists in europe who are wondering if it is still suitable for the role and the M5S is asking for the resignation immediate. To attack the ex-premier Matteo Renzi. “The President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem writes on Facebook – has lost a very good opportunity to remain silent. In an interview to a German newspaper, he let go after a stupid – I can't find better term – against the Countries of the south Europe, starting from Italy and Spain. I think that people like Dijsselbloem, who also belongs to the european socialist party, although perhaps not if you realize this, you do not deserve to occupy the role that it occupies. And the sooner you resign the better it is. For him but also for the credibility of the european institutions”. For Pittella, the political labour (struggling with a difficult reconfirmation from the time that the Pvda, the party, fell to 5.7% in the last election) he used the “topics to be discriminatory against the Countries of Southern Europe. There is no excuse for using such language, especially from someone who is considered to be a progressive“. And “it is not the first time that Dijsselbloem expresses opinions that are openly in contrast with the line of the progressive family”, he concludes. For the meps of the Five Star Movement, however, the Dutch politician should resign: “Dijsselbloem feel immediately resign as president of the Eurogroup – stress, in a note to the pentastellati the european Parliament – its statements about the Countries of the South are grave and shameful”. “It is unacceptable to continue the Cinquestelle – that the president of the Eurogroup, in office since 2013, and with in hand the keys of the single currency, it will express itself in these terms. The vision of Europe Dijsselbloem is very evident in the policies of this Union: a presumed superiority in economy, moral and even cultural, of the Countries of the North to the detriment of those of the South. The result is under everybody's eyes: a Europe reduced to rubble by the bureaucrats as Dijsselbloem”. (ADNKRONOS)

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