New fi­nance min­is­ter Hou­liarakis seen as safe pair of hands

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(left) took over from Eu­clid Tsakalo­tos (right) as Greece’s fi­nance min­is­ter yesterday. Hou­liarakis was Greece’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the Euro Work­ing Group un­til now. Hou­liarakis is also the chair­man of the gov­ern­ment’s Coun­cil of Eco­nomic Ad­vis­ers (SOE) and had a key role in ne­go­ti­a­tions with lenders this year. ‘He knows what he’s do­ing be­cause he was top man in the min­istry for the past year and half,’ Eurogroup chair­man Jeroen Di­js­sel­bloem said yesterday of Hou­liarakis. The Dutch fi­nance min­is­ter said the care­taker gov­ern­ment has to con­tinue prepa­ra­tions for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the third bailout.

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