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By Manneken Pis   September 2004

Mandy in Brussels

So Peter Mandelson is indeed to be Britain’s new commissioner in Brussels. And he will take the trade portfolio (both developments predicted exclusively in your soaraway Brussels diary in April). Shortly after his nomination, Mandy flew off to Lisbon to meet José Barroso, his new boss. Barroso made it clear that he was going to adopt a schoolmasterly approach to the EU’s big three. Since France, Germany and Britain had all asked for the internal market portfolio, none of them were going to get it. This Solomon-like approach has not gone down well. A German diplomat, informed…

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