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Even for the nerds of Brussels it is something of a relief to turn away from “issues” and concentrate on personalities. An ideal opportunity is provided by the current race to become head of the European commission, after Prodi leaves in November. A successor must be agreed upon at a summit in June. The summiteers’ choice then has to be submitted to the European parliament for approval. Normally this would be no problem. But the parliament is flexing its muscles. Hans-Gert P?ring, the head of the European People’s party, the main centre-right grouping, is insisting…

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