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I think it's pretty bad, actually:
Dijsselbloem trat in dieser ersten Pressekonferenz anders als sonst nach Eurogruppen-Treffen alleine vor die Medien. Der große Ernst und die entschlossene Eindeutigkeit seines Auftritts beeindruckte nicht nur die Journalisten, sondern auch die anderen 17 Finanzminister. In ihrem gemeinsamen Sitzungssaal verfolgten sie mucksmäuschenstill die Pressekonferenz des niederländischen Finanzministers. Als Dijsselbloem zurückgekommen sei, hätten ihm die anderen stehend Beifall geklatscht, berichtet ein Teilnehmer.
In this first press conference Dijsselbloem went alone in front of the media, unlike after other Euro Group meetings. The great seriousness and resolute clarity of his performance not only impressed the journalists, but also the other 17 finance ministers. Together in their meeting room they followed the press conference of the Dutch Finance Minister silently. As Dijsselbloem came back, the others gave him a standing ovation, reported one participant.
See here for video of Dijsselbloem's press conference (first of 3 segments).

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 29th, 2015 at 04:14:36 PM EST
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Why does it make me think of the Politburo?

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Mon Jun 29th, 2015 at 04:17:39 PM EST
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Even though he was was talking about the European Commission rather than the Eurogroup, Björn Wahlroos was spot on when he claimed that the biggest difference between the Chinese politburo and these guys is that the Chinese politburo delivers 10 percent growth every year.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Fri Jul 3rd, 2015 at 10:01:39 AM EST
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