Berlin easy about new euro chief
BERLIN - Agence France-PresseGermany said it was confident a new head of the eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers would be selected on Jan. 21, repeating its backing for the Dutch candidate, Jeroen Dijsselbloem.
“Our minister has campaigned positively since the beginning of the year for the candidate from the Netherlands and we are confident there will be a good solution and agreement on Monday,” said a finance ministry spokeswoman. The spokeswoman, Marianne Kothe, added she was “not aware” of any other candidates to take over from the current chairman, Luxembourg’s prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker. On Jan. 16, Dijsselbloem, 46, announced he wanted to become the eurogroup chief, despite having barely two months of ministerial experience. Eurogroup finance ministers are set to meet in Brussels today.