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By Manneken Pis   August 2008

Barroso butters up Sarkozy

Sighs of relief can been heard from the 13th floor of the Berlaymont building, where the European commission president, José Manuel Barroso, has been fretting about his future. Barroso’s first term expires next year and the former Portuguese prime minister wants a second go. Up until now, the main impediment to this has appeared to be the mercurial French president, Nicolas Sarkozy.

Sarko’s criticisms of the commission under Barroso have been mounting, to the point where the French president was recently put on the spot at a press conference at which the two men appeared side…

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