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Enlargement: the inside story

This month saw your diarist venturing out of Brussels to the furthest-flung corners of the EU’s putative empire. G?nter Verheugen, the EU commissioner charged with handling the process of enlarging the union, was visiting Bulgaria, which is towards the back of the queue of the 13 countries negotiating to join. Fortuitously, the Bulgarians made what is known in the diplomatic game as “a protocol error” and ushered your startled correspondent into an official meeting with the Bulgarian foreign minister. Finding myself as part of a five-person EU delegation facing the Bulgarian team (led by their glamorous…

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