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The European commission still doesn't know how to do silences. Blair wows the European parliament. And watch out for the Gillingham FC conspiracy

By Manneken Pis   August 2005

Unceremonious EU The EU institutions’ two-minute silence to commemorate the victims of the London bombs was a shambolic affair. José Barroso, commission president, was in China and received a frantic text message from his staff, telling him to stop whatever he was doing and be quiet for a couple of minutes. So the most senior person present at the two-minute silence outside the Berlaymont, the commission’s HQ, was Franco Frattini, the commissioner for justice, freedom and security. Gathered around him was a small crowd of about 100 civil servants and journalists. David O’Sullivan, the commission’s secretary-general, who was marshalling the…

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