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ROBERT HARDMAN: The Brussels bully hailed as a scheming blend of Star Wars baddie Darth Vader, Rasputin and Blackadder

ROBERT HARDMAN: The Brussels bully hailed as a scheming blend of Star Wars baddie Darth Vader, Rasputin and Blackadder

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This has been a difficult month for Jean- Claude Juncker. Film footage of the European Commission president staggering around the Nato summit was followed by an excoriating personal attack on him by a doyen of the Brussels Press corps, amid claims of morning gin sessions, befuddled judgment and rampant cronyism.

 

This week, Juncker managed to get through a White House session with Donald Trump without any embarrassing incidents — apart from kissing the President — and emerged with a temporary ceasefire in the latest transatlantic trade war.

 

Yet, as he heads off on holiday ahead of his final months in the job, there is already an inescapable sense of power draining away from the man in charge of 32,000 of Europe’s highest-paid bureaucrats.

Source: ROBERT HARDMAN: The Brussels bully hailed as a scheming blend of Star Wars baddie Darth Vader, Rasputin and Blackadder

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