‘Blairite Dijsselbloem racist, sexist’, social democrats say

This video says about itself:

Vestager: Dijsselbloem‘s comments are “wrong”

22 March 2017

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager [from Denmark] skipped the European Commission’s “no comment on comments” policy to criticise Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s remarks about southern member states.

The acting Dutch finance minister said in an interview on Monday (20 March) that these countries spent their money “on booze and women” before asking for help. “I would not have said it, and I think it is wrong,” she said.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

European Social Democrats angry at Dijsselbloem

Today, 08:32

More and more European Social Democrats dissociate themselves from [Dutch Blairite] minister Dijsselbloem as chairman of the Eurogroup. They oppose his remark in an interview with [German daily] Frankfurter Allgemeine. The Social Democrats believe Dijsselbloem comments negatively on southern countries that receive financial support.

Dijsselbloem said in the interview that whoever lays claim to solidarity from Europe also has duties. “I can not spend all my money on booze and women and then ask you for assistance.”

Leftist Prime Minister Costa of Portugal reacted unmistakably. He demands the departure of Dijsselbloem as chair of the Eurogroup; he calls Dijsselbloem a racist, xenophobic and a sexist.

The Social Democratic faction chair in the European Parliament Gianni Pittella and former Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi are also outraged by the statements made by Jeroen Dijsselbloem. The Italian fellow social democrats with Dijsselbloem also demand his resignation. …

President Stanishev [from Bulgaria] of the European Socialists and Democrats (PES) says Dijsselbloem in one sentence managed to offend many people in Southern and Northern Europe. His words are to Stanishev simply unacceptable.

“It’s a shame that a member of our political family, shortly before the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, says things that go against our common values ​​of unity, respect and solidarity,” according to the declaration by Stanishev.

Social democrat parties, is their declline inevitable? Here.

USA: In an astonishing defense of dropping “death taxes” for individual estates worth more than $5.5 million, GOP Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley implied that people not currently affected by that tax are “spending every darn penny … on booze or women”: here.

9 thoughts on “‘Blairite Dijsselbloem racist, sexist’, social democrats say

  1. Mr Costa’s coalition of socialists and greens []in Portugal — which has communist support — was elected in October 2015 on the back of discontent over EU-dictated austerity measures imposed in return for a €78billion (£67.5bn) bailout in 2011.

    At the European Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Dijsselbloem refused to apologise for his insults in the face of criticism from both conservative and social democratic MEPs.

    Mr Dijsselbloem’s Labour Party was all but wiped out in last week’s general election, slumping from 35 MPs in the 150-seat Second Chamber to just nine — or from second place to seventh.

    In Greece, straining under a third wave of austerity forced on its Syriza government by Mr Dijsselbloem and EU Commission president JeanClaude Juncker in return for a July 2015 bailout, leftwingers welcomed the rout of of the eurozone chief’s party.

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos warned that Mr Dijsselbloem had adopted “stereotypes that widen the gap between north and south and in reality pave the way … for extremist views.”



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  4. Faux pas

    door Ewald Engelen

    12 april 2017

    Het wekt al veel langer verbazing. Of beter: het had al veel langer verbazing moeten wekken. Ik heb het over het korte lijntje tussen Volkskrant-redacteur Marc Peeperkorn en minister van Financiën Jeroen Dijsselbloem. De slager van Griekenland heeft in Nederland namelijk al jaren een verbijsterend goede pers. Via de ongemeen positieve berichtgeving in met name de Volkskrant heeft Dijsselbloem zichzelf hier te lande kunnen opwerken tot de held van het noorden.



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