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Many of Brussels's high flyers are dedicated sportsmen and women. Peter Mandelson sticks to walking the dog and getting as close as possible to Barroso

By Manneken Pis   April 2005

This sporting life in Brussels As the man handling the EU’s negotiations with Turkey, Olli Rehn, the commissioner for enlargement, cannot avoid having a slightly ticklish relationship with Recep Tayip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister. But the two men have already found a topic they can bond on—that unfailing fallback for blokeish chat, football. As it happens, both Erdogan and Rehn have some claim to expertise. Rehn played in the Finnish first division in his teens and Erdogan was good enough to consider turning professional. Both men continued to play well into their forties. At their first meeting, Rehn asked…

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