A Not So Perfect Union


Marta Andreasen claims that she was pressured to sign off on unconfirmed expenditures

Flak jackets and helmets have not become part of the dress code at the European Commission. Not yet, anyhow. But if a current wave of vitriol aimed at the unelected 20,000-person-strong bureaucracy by the 15 European Union member states' politicians and citizens gets any more intense, some kind of protective gear might be necessary. Indeed, no matter which direction you look from the 16-story Commission headquarters in Brussels, the bullets are flying fast and furious. Whether from across the Rhine River in Germany, from over the Seine and Paris, across the English Channel from Britain or even from the distance of...

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