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Solana bounces back

One of the longest-running spectator sports in Brussels is the simmering rivalry between Chris Patten, the external relations commissioner, and Javier Solana, the former Nato secretary general with that banana republic-style title, EU high representative for common foreign and security policy. The clash of the big beasts has been so riveting because both parade formidable egos while being subtle enough to avoid direct confrontation (for most of the time anyway). For his first year in office Solana had the edge by virtue of his responsibility for Europe’s most flashy new project: the new rapid reaction force. But…

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