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European Parliament furious at Eurogroup Dijsselbloem, calls on him to resign

The President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani will make a formal protest to Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem. At the plenary opening on Monday, not only Tajani but also MEPs got furious at Dijsselbloem who refuses to speak to the Parliament. The EP had invited Dijsselbloem to appear at a plenary hearing on Greece’s bailout and the stalled talks, this week in Strasbourg.

MEPs stressed that the Eurogroup head must be accountable, some of them called on him to resign, others to be declared persona non grata. The EP “unanimously condemned” Dijsselbloem’s no-show.

Even the center-right EPP Group, the largest political group in the European Parliament, to which Dijsselbloem’s mentor German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble belongs called on him to resign.

EP President Antonio Tajani tweeted:

A statement issued by the European Parliament read:
Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s repeated rejection of invitations to speak to Parliament and offensive remarks in the press were severely criticized by all political groups at Monday’s opening. President Tajani announced that he would send Mr Dijsselbloem a formal letter of protest.

MEPs stressed that a Eurogroup President must be accountable to representatives of the people affected by Eurogroup measures. Several MEPs called on Mr Dijsselbloem to resign. It was also suggested that he be declared a persona non grata in Parliament.

Antonio Tajani, 63, is a conservative Italian politician and President of the European Parliament since January 2017. He is one of the founders of the center-right Forza Italia party.

A couple of weeks ago, Jeroen Dijsselbloem stirred the European political and economic world and the countries of the eurozone south, when he claimed that those getting financial aid form the european Union “spend the money on alcohol and women.”

Speaking to German conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Dijsselbloem said:

During the crisis of the euro, the countries of the North have shown solidarity with the countries affected by the crisis.

As a Social Democrat, I attribute exceptional importance to solidarity. [But] you also have obligations.

You can not spend all the money on drinks and women and then ask for help.

Dijsselbloem came under fire by several heads of states and ministers, who called on him to resign.

Not only he refused to resign, he also did not apologize.

After a loud defeat in the Dutch elections, it is questionable whether he can continue to occupy the post of the Eurogroup President. He is most likely to be out of the new Dutch coalition government.

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  1. Once they let him go, maybe he can spend his golden parachute windfall on booze and women. That way he can claim to be showing solidarity with Southern Europeans.