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By Manneken Pis   June 2000

Rearranging the deckchairs

How do you publicly dump your closest political consort while privately retaining him? Answer? You dilute the negative publicity by creating a bigger hubbub elsewhere. That is the current explanation for the EU’s “Morning of the Short Breakfasts,” when President Prodi moved to shake up his administration by rearranging the deckchairs.

The personnel changes in Brussels last month indicated more about the relative weakness of the president than who is in or out of his favour. As you read first here, Carlo Trojan, the rubicund-faced Dutch secretary-general of the commission-its chief civil servant-was riding for a fall…

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