Wolfgang Schaeuble, Germany’s Finance Minister, received some original gifts from his colleagues during his farewell party on October 9 after eight years of office.
Schaeuble is best known as the champion of budget discipline during the euro zone crisis. In 2015, Schaeuble was instrumental in approving bailouts for Greece during the Greek crisis.
Among the most remarkable gifts were a 100 euro note with Schaeuble’s face on it.
the very last #Eurogroup & #eurozone with #Germany FinMin Wolfgang #Schauble – believe or not it was fun to have him around. #EU#EMU#europic.twitter.com/VQ4udMaRyR— SantaMartin (@_SantaMartin) October 9, 2017
And an EU flag signed by all of the minister’s 18 colleagues.
the #EU flag being signed for Wolfgang #Schauble
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Dutch Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem tweeted a thank you note to Schaeuble for his “unparalleled work and engagement in over hundred eurogroup meetings since 2009.”
Today we thanked Wolfgang Schauble for his unparalleled work and engagement in over a hundred #eurogroup meetings since 2009— Jeroen Dijsselbloem (@J_Dijsselbloem) October 9, 2017
At age 75, Schaeuble steps down as finance minister to become the president of the German parliament. According to Reuters, he’ll be replaced by a member of the country’s FDP party who is expected to maintain a strict euro zone fiscal policy.