Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem tried to explain everyday people about economic achievements at state budget level are difficult, at a conference on Europe at Berlin's Hertie School of Governance.
According to him, trying to tell a Greek who is struggling to survive that Greece now has a primary surplus, is something that for Eurogroup constitutes a significant indicator. He shared that it is the same as telling a Spaniard who has lost his job that there is a small drop in unemployment in his country, or to an Irish whose house lost a quarter of its value that real estate prices have registered a slight increase. He shared that macroeconomic data is improving, but it is clear that a great job still needs to be done. Dijsselbloem has been head of the Eurogroup since January 2013 and is also minister for Finance of the Netherlands.