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The eurocrat and the chancellor

Gordon Brown is not much loved in Brussels. The general opinion is that he is a surly bugger who does not even pretend he is happy to be here, and who is in the habit of inventing “rows” with the Europeans in the hope of winning favourable headlines from the press back home. But your correspondent has discovered a secret Brown admirer among the group of senior EU officials who regularly attend the meetings of Ecofin -the committee that brings together national finance ministers. Apparently Brown is more than capable of being both charming and…

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