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Swedes on the menu for Romano

By Manneken Pis   February 2001

Look happy, Romano

“Look happy,” Göran Persson whispered too loudly to Romano Prodi as the two men sat down for their press conference. The European commission had spent the day in Stockholm talking presidency priorities with the Swedish prime minister and his cabinet colleagues. It was probably supposed to be a jokey private aside, but the microphones picked it up anyway. Joke or no joke, it suggested that the commission president is not relishing the six months in which those sceptical Swedes will be running the show. True, things couldn’t get much worse than during the now unlamented French presidency,…

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