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Out with the old - Ashton and Van Rompuy (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

EUobserved

The EU's interminable changing of the guard

by EUobserver, Brussels,

Brussels is about to be shaken up. And it feels good. On 1 November – if all goes to plan – a new team of EU commissioners will take up office. New faces will front foreign policy and co-ordinate EU member states at PM level.

Every changing of the guard has an anticipatory, back-to-school, feel about it, but this seems different - largely because the current crop can only be improved upon.

Jose Manuel Barroso has been commission president since 2004. The ultimate pragmatist with f...

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