“You can’t spend all the money on drinks and women and then ask for help.”
Renzi: Eurogroup president should resign over ‘alcohol and women’ accusation
Ex-premier Matteo Renzi called on Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem to quit on Wednesday after the Dutchman was quoted as saying that southern European countries “spend everything on alcohol and women and then ask for help”. “Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem missed an excellent opportunity to be silent,” Renzi said on his Facebook page. “In a German daily he let slip a stupid comment – I can’t find a better term – against the countries of the south, starting with Italy and Spain… “The sooner he resigns, the better. For him and for the credibility of the European institutions.
The controversial comments were made in an interview with German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
“During the euro crisis the countries of the north showed solidarity with the countries hit hardest,” Dijsselbloem was quoted as saying.
“As a social democrat, I give great importance to solidarity, but also to obligations.
“You cannot spend all your money on alcohol and women and then ask for help”. Italian ex-premier and former European Commission president Romano Prodi said Wednesday that “I perceived a sense of envy” when asked about the furore.
A spokesperson for German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, on the other hand, said that the minister “appreciates the work of Jeroen Djisselbloem”. A spokesperson for Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that “everyone is responsible for their comments” and expressed his “respect” and “love” for southern Europe.
Hellas Pindakaas comment
He did it again… Jeroen Dijsselbloem, weaker than ever before after the historic defeat of his Labor party in the last Dutch elections, overstepped his post as Eurogroup president and attacked the European South for wasting money on alcohol and women and then asking for more loans. This is really a step too far for the outgoing Finance Minister. Stereotypes like this are used mainly by populist right wing politicians like Wilders with the purpose of causing turmoil, from which they will gain far right voters. This unprecedented remark by J Dijsselbloem shows the stress he is under and is utterly and unequivocally an unfair representation of the European South. EU officials are outraged, and rightly so.
Someone needs to remind Mr Dijsselbloem that the money that was given to Greece with the bailout packages, didn’t go to the Greek people and was not a gesture of solidarity. Those were loans that were given to save the German and French banks.