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Can the Prodi administration stop the rot?

By Manneken Pis   October 1999

A tricky autumn term

Brussels returned from its summer holidays to face a difficult autumn and the prospect of a grim year ahead. Nothing in the institutions of Europe is going as planned, except for the quiet competence of the current Finnish presidency and the delicate courtship of the other member states by the Blair government-and even this has been tarnished by the setback of the summer elections which left the European parliament dominated by the centre-right.

At least the discomfiture of the commission looks familiar, amid the testy hearings of the new commissioners before parliament has left the dismal…

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