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By Manneken Pis   February 2008

Is Gordon becoming a pro-European?

The heretical thought is spreading in Brussels that Gordon Brown may be one of us after all. The first sign was his speech to business leaders in January on priorities for a “global Europe.” Then Brown announced his first big initiative on the European front, a Downing Street mini-summit to discuss the global economic crisis. True, the guest list put some noses out of joint and a meeting originally conceived as the gang of three leaders (Brown, Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Angela Merkel of Germany) evolved to the gang of five (the addition…

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