Juncker hints Dijsselbloem will replace him as Eurogroup chief
Thursday 10 January 2013
Current Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker has hinted that his successor will probably be Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem. “I will probably speak to my successor in a Benelux language,” Juncker told members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), on 10 January. The Luxembourg premier is meant to step down at the next meeting of eurozone finance ministers, on 21 January. Paris and Berlin having neutralised each other to take over from Juncker, Dijsselbloem became a credible option despite having occupied the position of finance minister for only two months.