Dutchman to head Eurogroup

Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Photo / AP
Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Photo / AP

Jeroen Dijsselbloem of the Netherlands has taken over as chairman of the key Eurogroup of finance ministers, despite resistance in a vote to replace Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Juncker.

"We appointed the Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem to become the new president of the Eurogroup," Juncker told a press conference yesterday after barely five hours of talks.

Dijsselbloem was given a 30-month term and would retain his [Dutch] post, the Eurogroup said.

Dijsselbloem said it was "a distinct honour to be given the possibility to succeed Jean-Claude".

- AAP

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