Thursday, November 01, 2012
Labour MP Dijsselbloem set to be next Dutch finance minister
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Labour member of parliament Jeroen Dijsselbloem looked set to become the country's next finance minister after he was called to a meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday.
Dijsselbloem, 46, has been widely tipped to succeed Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager after Rutte's Liberals reached a coalition agreement with the Labour Party this week.
Rutte has summoned candidates for the various cabinet posts to meetings, the press office for the new governing coalition said in a statement.
Dijsselbloem, who studied agricultural economics, is a close friend of Labour leader Diederik Samsom and is likely to be the most influential Labour politician in the cabinet, directing fiscal policy and closely involved in government policy on the euro zone crisis.
The Netherlands is one of a handful of economies in the euro zone still rated AAA.
(Reporting by Gilbert Kreijger, Thomas Escritt and Sara Webb; Editing by Jon Boyle)