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Top commission officials have turned against Barroso, who is now considered a renegade Anglo-Saxon. Meanwhile, is the constitution dead or not?

By Manneken Pis   November 2005

Down with Barroso the Brit

A year has passed since José Manuel Barroso inherited the poisoned chalice of the presidency of the European commission. Since then, neither Jacques Chirac nor Gerhard Schröder has bothered to conceal his contempt for the diminutive Portuguese right-winger. But now a group of top commission officials has turned against their president. They are furious over his admission that the constitutional treaty will not be implemented in the next few years. Outside Brussels, of course, that is a statement of the obvious. But inside the commission, such statements reveal a treacherously Anglo-Saxon worldview. Barroso keeps repeating…

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