Barroso's Blues

When Rocco Buttiglione shared his views on homosexuals and women with a committee of the European Parliament earlier this month, he sparked a potential showdown between the Parliament and the European Commission. Outraged M.E.P.s demanded that incoming Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso either replace Buttiglione or shuffle him out of the Justice, Freedom and Security post. Barroso declined, instead promising to spread responsibility for antidiscrimination enforcement among several new Commissioners.

Not good enough, say Buttiglione's opponents. The Parliament can't turn down individual Commissioners, but it can reject the Commission as a whole. And that's exactly what some...

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