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Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem talks to the media as he arrives at European Union finance ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir


AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Tuesday the government should set up a panel with the power to block takeovers by foreign companies that were contrary to the national interest.

Many of the country's largest companies did not have the wherewithal to thwart unwanted takeover, he adding during campaigning for his Labour party ahead of national elections on March 15.

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; editing by John Stonestreet)