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Commission President Jacques Santer has just passed the halfway mark of his five-year term, so Brussels is already fizzing with rumours about his likely successor. The rules of the game are simple: Santer comes from little Luxembourg, so it should now be someone from a big country. France is out because it had two-term Delors. Germany is a possible, but Helmut’s scorched-earth way with rising political stars has left no obvious candidate. Martin Bangemann, Germany’s heavyweight commissioner, is too fond of his yacht. Some outside money is going on his compatriot, Monika Wulf-Mathies, partly because of her sex. But the…

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