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Jyrki Katainen

Katainen scores 5th in FT comparison of EU finance ministers

Jyrki Katainen 47%

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Finnish Minister of Finance Jyrki Katainen (Nat. Coalition Party) has been ranked as the fifth-best finance minister in the European Union by the Financial Times newspaper.
      Taking top position on the FT ranking list was Germany’s Wolfgang Schäuble. Also ranked ahead of Katainen were Poland’s Jacek Rostowski, France’s Christine Lagarde and Sweden’s Anders Borg.
      In 2008 the Financial Times ranked Katainen as number one among European finance ministers.

The comparison of the finance ministers of 19 countries takes into account the ministers’ political skills, economic achievement, and overall credibility.
      Schäuble’s success was boosted primarily by Germany’s robust economic growth of nearly four per cent this year. Poland’s positive economic development was seen as the main reason for Jacek Rostowski’s good showing.

Coming in last on the ranking list was Brian Lenihan, the Minister of Finance of the financially beleaguered Ireland.
      In spite of Greece’s financial crisis, Greek Finance Minister George Papakonstantinou was ranked in eighth place, largely de to what were considered his excellent political skills.




Source: www.hs.fi


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