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Gordon Brown's performance in Vienna has got diplomats wondering exactly how Eurosceptic he is. Plus Turkey's fall from European grace

By Manneken Pis   May 2006

Gordon makes no friends in Vienna

Just how Eurosceptic is Gordon? The chancellor’s rare appearance at a meeting of EU finance ministers in Vienna earlier in April—he had missed the three previous ones—has reminded Britain’s diplomats that life may be rather different when the great change takes place at No 10. Brown used his re-emergence on the European stage to call for an independent committee to look into a lack of competition in key markets. That came as something of a surprise to the European competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, who happens to think that this is her job. Kroes…

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