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27th Apr 2017

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Dijsselbloem says his comments had 'Dutch directness'

Dutch finance minister and Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Wednesday his style is "direct" and that he was "sorry of course" for suggesting southern Europeans spend "money on drinks and women". "I regret it if one is offended by the remark. It was direct, and can be explained from strict Dutch, Calvinistic culture, with Dutch directness," he said. He however ruled out resigning from his Eurogroup position.

EU starts legal action against Hungary

The EU Commission is to launch a legal probe into Hungary's attack on a Soros-funded university, but Hungary's Orban was unrepentant the he faced MEPs.

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