Dijsselbloem blasted for comment on third Greek bailout

Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem endured a torrent of criticism last week after a newspaper report suggested he had agreed with German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble that Greece will likely need a new bailout next year.

Opposition parties pounced on the remarks to question why the Netherlands has extra money to fund a Greek bailout while Dutch taxpayers are being asked to make new sacrifices at home.

But the government ignored calls for a debate on the matter and Dijsselbloem later clarified he hadn’t promised Greece will be bailed out again.