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Jacobean tragedy in Brussels

Forget about “ever closer union.” Ever since the night of the long knives at the end of September-when several senior Commission officials were rung at home to be told their services were no longer required-Brussels has had only three things on its collective mind: jobs, jobs and jobs. As the blood began seeping under office doors, an orgy of score settling, rampaging vested interests and poignant appeals to old loyalties have turned the grey 1960s corridors into the setting for a latter-day Jacobean tragedy.

In the desperate attempt to turn the Commission into a meritocracy, dozens,…

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