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Neil Kinnock is suddenly flavour of the month in Brussels

By Manneken Pis   December 1998

The man with the plan

Now is the time to buy shares in Kinnock. Ambitious young Eurocrats are angling to join what was once a less than fashionable cabinet. Snooty French diplomats and industrious Germans are suddenly being extraordinarily nice to Kinnock, almost as nice as the Italians, who have always thought the world of him. There are two reasons for this. First, he is almost certainly going to be the next vice-president of the commission, in charge of its external relations at a time when a European foreign policy might no longer be a contradiction in terms. The second…

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