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Prodi backs Chirac

As the Iraq crisis unfolds, the people paid to promote the image of Romano Prodi are trying hard to make their man seem relevant. He’s having dinner with Vladimir Putin, they announce proudly, to widespread yawns. He believes it’s important that the EU should maintain its unity, they say, to widespread amazement. In some ways, however, it is a shame that Prodi’s pronouncements are not attracting more attention, because they are characteristically bizarre. Admittedly, the “Prodi gaffe” has become such a staple of Brussels discourse that new ones are barely noted. But the commission president, far from…

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