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Dirty work on enlargement

Brussels after the long summer break can feel uncannily like that first day back at school-high spirits holding gloom at bay-so it was a shame for the European commission that la rentr?e was quickly marred by yet another embarrassment over a central policy question.

This time, though, it wasn’t the usual suspect, the hapless President Prodi himself, but the normally stolid G?nter Verheugen, the German commissioner for enlargement. G?nter pandered to his country’s worst fears by calling for a referendum on the biggest question now facing the EU: enlargement.

Two biggish problems there: commissioners are…

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