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Come a global crisis and Brussels becomes endearingly irrelevant. And the "rapid reaction force" looks further away than ever

By Manneken Pis   November 2001

Brussels-the global irrelevance

Perhaps it is a tribute to people’s need to gather together in times of crisis. It is certainly difficult to think of any other explanation for the noticeably increased attendances at European commission briefings since 11th September-for the commission and indeed the EU have been almost totally irrelevant to the unfolding crisis. One commission spokesman says that after the attacks on New York and Washington “people kept ringing us up for our reaction. What could I say other than, ‘we’re shocked, we’re appalled.’ Because frankly we’re about as relevant to all this as the Royal Society for…

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