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Why are the Nordic countries so powerless in the EU?

The geographical imbalance in senior EU appointments has gone on far too long

By Paul Lever  

Photo: Marcel Kusch/DPA/PA Images

A new European Commission takes office this week. For the first time it will have a female president. The European Central Bank also now has its first female head. But in the decisions on EU senior appointments made last summer one tradition was again maintained: no citizen of the Nordic countries was selected for any of the top jobs.

Denmark has been…

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