Calvinist bon vivant

Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Few among the Dutch twitterati and commentariat were surprised when Jeroen Dijsselbloem was appointed last month as chairman of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers, even though he had been a finance minister for just two months and had built his career on issues far removed from finance. What astonished them, rather, was the grin with which he greeted photographers after his appointment. Dijsselbloem is notoriously dour, as grim in public as was Britain’s Gordon Brown – so much so that Wouter Bos, a former leader of his Labour Party (PvdA), once texted Dijsselbloem “relax, laugh” after a television performance. 

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