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While Günther Verheugen gets cross in the German press, José Manuel Barroso is desperately searching for new allies—the old ones keep losing elections

By Manneken Pis   November 2006

Verheugen’s red mist Günther Verheugen, the German industry commissioner, has always had a talent for creating headlines. Unfortunately they often seem to be of the wrong type. In his last job as enlargement commissioner, Verheugen once caused a mini-crisis by suggesting referendums in the existing member states before any new ones could join. He survived that hiccup and stayed in Brussels for a second term, as commission vice-president in the industry post. Talented and entertaining, Verheugen is one of this commission’s few heavyweights but he remains an unguided missile.

This was made clear in his recent interview with the Süddeutsche…

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