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“It’s Not A War Crime” – EU Finance Chief Attempts To Defend His “Women & Booze” Outburst

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 1:26
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The head of eurozone finance chiefs has hit back following his recent comments on troubled European countries, telling the media “it looks like I committed a war crime.” He insists that all he wanted to express was the idea that “solidarity is not charity.”

At the end of March, Jeroen Dijsselbloem had said that “I cannot spend all my money on liquor and women and then ask for your support,” referring to certain European nations asking for bailouts.

And now, as RT reports, in comments published on Monday by De Volkskrant newspaper, the departing Dutch finance minister attempted to clarify his remarks, explaining that “fatigue may have played a role” in the wording of his initial comments as “it was three days after the [Dutch] election.”

The official also said that the backlash he received was just “anger at eight years of crisis policy” sweeping the EU.

“I would have rephrased it otherwise, probably. But it was my way of making clear that solidarity is not charity,” the official told the newspaper.

Dijsselbloem’s initial comments had sparked a wave of outrage from numerous European politicians, as well as the public.

In the latest interview, Dijsselbloem rejected the calls for his resignation, and urged the EU to pay more attention to real issues that the union is facing.

“It's sad that we put so much time and energy into an interview while Greece is slipping into a new crisis,” Dijsselbloem said to De Volkskrant.

“[It’s] really annoying that so many people were so offended and angry. But the parliamentarians are trying to push me into a corner, as if I claimed that all Southern Europeans are big spenders. Nonsense!” he added.


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