Barroso’s mini reshuffle is the safest course

On balance, the president of the European Commission is probably right to conclude that an Italian at transport is less problematic than an Italian at justice.

?Once bitten, twice shy. José Manuel Barroso has clearly not forgotten the bruising experience of October 2004, when his Commission presidency got off to the worst possible starts: he was forced to withdraw the team of commissioners that he first put forward. The chief difficulty was Rocco Buttiglione, nominated by Silvio Berlusconi, the then Italian prime minister, as Italy’s European commissioner. (There were other minor difficulties, but who now remembers Ingrida Udre?)

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