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The new Nato secretary general is a control freak. Plus Catherine Ashton fights to keep her job as Britain’s commissioner

By Manneken Pis   September 2009

At Nato a wave of nervousness has greeted the arrival of the new secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a man so renowned as a control freak that, during his time as Danish premier, the contents of the prime ministerial fruit bowl became a national joke. When interviewing him journalists noticed how, before eating a grape, Rasmussen would carefully select and then polish it several times on his jacket before popping it in his mouth. Rasmussen’s war on germs extends to cutlery, which he often wipes on a napkin before use—even in the smartest of restaurants. And the new Nato secretary…

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