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Martin Selmayr challenges every Brussels stereotype—for all the worst reasons

His appointment as Secretary-General of the Commission is now rightly being investigated

By Simon Usherwood  

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission (L) and Martin Selmayr, now the Commission's Secretary-General. Photo:Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA/PA Images

Secretaries-General are not usually the stuff of news, and not only because of the problems with pluralising their title. Apart from the Secretary-General of the United Nations—and even then I’m guessing you had to think about their name—they are anonymous bureaucrats, who have risen to their high station precisely through being measured and politic.

Martin Selmayr, appointed Secretary-General of the European Commission at the start of this month, risks challenging all…

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