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Actually, it's not so much the competition directorate that I meant, but the internal market one (McCreevy today), which is the one trying to "liberalise" various sectors.

The competition directorate should indeed be left alone, it's one of the pan-EU things that work the best, all things considered.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 11:43:15 AM EST
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Ah, ok.

Makes sense.

Internal market: "liberalize all".

Energy: "energy is strategic".

Industry: "whatever gives me the lowest price".

Competition: "monopoly is bad".

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 11:48:31 AM EST
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McCreevy today, Bolkestein yesterday. Can't we get a non-ideological socialist economist like, say, Solbes, into the internal market directorate?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 11:50:01 AM EST
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if France did not put all its energy into getting France-compatible agriculture commissioner (and director General below him/her) and (for ag-related reasons) trade commissioner.

Give us a Pascal Lamy anytime... but Chirac vetoed him for stupid reasons.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 12:22:04 PM EST
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Well, you have to have priorities, do you not? </snark>

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 12:33:17 PM EST
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I'm sorry ok? We needed the bastard out of here and for some reason they decided to promote him out of the way. Damn, install one arrogant ideologue in an important Commission post and everyone gets annoyed.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 01:00:47 PM EST
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