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The commission president makes the mistake of following my advice. And the ups and downs of business in a Strasbourg brothel

By Manneken Pis   December 2004

Don’t blame me

It is gratifying to see that José Manuel Durão Barroso, the president-designate of the European commission, follows the strategic advice of this column so closely. Attentive readers may recall that last month, Manneken Pis noted that a bit of a storm seemed to be brewing in the European parliament over some anti-gay comments made by Rocco Buttiglione, who had been nominated as the new commissioner for justice and home affairs. We advised Barroso to stand firm, on the grounds that the Italian government and the Catholic church would prove more important to his future than “a…

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