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“Portugal spent EU cash on wine and women”

in News · 20-12-2017 14:53:00 · 4 Comments

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the chairman of Eurogroup came under fire after an interview in a German newspaper where he accused Southern European countries of wasting money on ‘wine and women’.

“Portugal spent EU cash on wine and women”

Portugal at the time called for the Dutch Finance Minister to stand down and said he was completely out of tune with reality.
Dijsselbloem to this day has refused to apologise, and stood by his comments that countries like Portugal should “also have duties and can’t spend their money on women and alcohol and then ask for help.”
Oddly enough, despite his views on how countries like Portugal misuse funds, European Finance Ministers decided to choose Portugal’s Mário Centeno to replace him as the most important Finance Minister in Europe earlier this month as his tenure drew to a close.
Portugal’s Prime Minister, António Costa, also called for Jereon Dijsselbloem to resign and said his comments in a newspaper interview about southern European countries were “absolutely unacceptable” and “very dangerous”.
“Europe will only be credible as a common project on the day that Mr. Djisselblom stops being president of the Eurogroup and, of course, that there is an apology to all the countries and peoples who were profoundly offended by these statements,” Prime Minister Costa was reported as saying by the Lusa News Agency.
“As a social democrat, I consider solidarity an extremely important value. But we also have obligations. You cannot spend all your money on women and alcohol and then ask for help”, Dijsselbloem said in an interview with Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
“These statements by Mr. Jeroen Dijsselbloem are absolutely unacceptable. They’re also very dangerous, because they show the dangers of populism and that populism is not only in those who have the courage to admit that they are. It’s also in those who appear wearing sheep’s clothing, because they say things that are racist, xenophobic and sexist, like the remarks by Mr. Dijsselbloem”, António Costa said.

Comments

The remark is racist and sexist, and above all stupid. And a guy who is capable of saying such an unintelligent things doesn't deserve to be the Chairman of Eurogroup. The EU should really start picking up more intelligent and educated people for the top posts.
by Dragutin from Other on 30-12-2017 12:15:00
Maybe he knows something we don't know! I'm sure be was referring to some selfish politicians and not the average southern european!
by Anna M from UK on 27-12-2017 08:49:00
Never in a million years would any Portuguese politician take advantage of FREE MONEY!
by luis miguel from USA on 25-12-2017 05:31:00
So what's wrong with spending your money on wine and women? I'm offended and jealous!
by Tony B from USA on 23-12-2017 06:48:00

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