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Is Prodi sinking?

Jacques Delors, he ain’t. Five months after his accession, Romano Prodi is finally coming under critical scrutiny. The first Mediterranean commission president in 25 years was always going to have a long honeymoon. And his fans continue to insist that the softly, softly style is a refreshing contrast to the content-free sound and fury of Santer.

But there comes a point when you begin to wonder whether the deathly silence from the Breydel building is not so much the quiet whirring of Rolls-Royce brains, but rather that familiar ma?ana, ma?ana political philosophy. The pudgy professor from Bologna…

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