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Peter Mandelson appears to have blown any chance of staying on for another term as trade commissioner. So what will he have to show for the last four years in Brussels?

By Manneken Pis   May 2008

Mandelson makes a mess of it

The press review, an annual sketch show put on by the Brussels press corps, takes pride in trashing the reputation of European commissioners. This year Peter Mandelson proved to be the main victim—although in his case the damage was done by what was said offstage. The trade commissioner did not attend but his spokesman did, and after the show he found himself surrounded by correspondents seeking details of a recent meeting between Mandelson and his old enemy Gordon Brown. Mandelson’s team had already let it be known that the encounter had gone surprisingly…

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