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Brussels and the World Cup

Although the World Cup attracts great interest in Brussels-commission spokesmen have taken to interrupting press briefings with score updates-it is also the source of some nervousness. Football matches are notorious for breeding grudges that can last a generation. As I write, there has yet to be any truly gruesome intra-European clash. Indeed the only report of nationalistic grumbling that I have come across came from Romano Prodi, the commission president. He pointed out to his British spokesman, Jonathan Faull, that while an Italian referee had awarded England their crucial penalty against Argentina, it was an…

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