The mind of the eurozone’s finance ministers has been criticised for stating that southern European countries withdrew their money on “beverages and people”.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister who leads the band, made the remarks in an interview on Monday with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).
“As a Social Democrat, I feature exceptional importance to solidarity.
“But you also have duties.
“you can’t spend all of the money on drinks and women and then request assistance.”
Inside the European parliament, MEPs turned to Mr Dijsselbloem on Tuesday, calling his remarks “insulting” and “vulgar”.
Gabriel Mato, a Spanish MEP, said the remarks were “absolutely unacceptable” and an “insult” into southern member states — claiming he had misplaced his neutrality as finance chief.
Ernest Urtasun, yet another Spanish MEP, said: “Maybe this is amusing for you, but I don’t think it is. I would like to understand when this is the first statement for a candidate to renew your post as president of the eurogroup.”
The term of Mr Dijsselbloem ends next season, and he is believed to be considering running for re-election.
He attempted to sweep off the complaint, telling the MEPs: “Do not be offended.”
Then he attempted to dig himself out of this hole by saying all nations had failed to uphold the rules set by the EU.