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Delors: after power

Charles Grant talks to Jacques Delors about Europe and what he plans to do with the rest of his life

By Charles Grant   October 1995

As president of the European Commission, Jacques Delors was a workaholic who drove his colleagues as hard as he drove himself. Peter Sutherland, the former commissioner, found Delors as tense as a “coiled spring.” Since Delors left the commission last January his spring has begun to unwind. He recently took his first holiday in 15 years and now looks much younger than he did during his last years in Brussels. Delors and his wife Marie-to whom he is extremely close-live in a modest flat on the Rue St Jacques, on Paris’s Left Bank. Despite having refused to run for the…

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