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Beautiful and smart: this woman is now managing a billion-dollar budget

Beautiful and smart: this woman is now managing a billion-dollar budget

Former Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag will be the first woman in the Netherlands to head the Ministry of Finance. The 60-year-old Liberal announced her nomination for the post in the new government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday.

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31 December 2021 21:06

The decidedly pro-European diplomat succeeds the conservative Wopke Hoekstra, who is counted among the spearhead of the defenders of a highly restrictive budget policy in the EU.

“We have ambitious plans for the coming period. The Netherlands stands for important decisions and investments, in education, for the climate, for a strong Europe ”, Kaag told the“ Algemeen Dagblad ”. “The role of the finance minister is crucial in the responsible implementation of these plans.”

Formation of a new government

Kaag resigned after a few months in the office of foreign minister in September in connection with the chaotic evacuation operation from Afghanistan. She had previously been Minister of Foreign Trade and Development, also under Rutte.

The head of government announced the formation of a new government two weeks ago after months of coalition negotiations. Ruttes center-right party VVD, Kaag’s liberal D66, the Christian Democratic party CDA, which Hoekstra chairs, and the conservative Christian Union are involved. It is Rutte’s fourth term in office. (APA / red)

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