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Apparently Hogan was applying for another job:

Brussels has imposed a set of restrictions on its trade chief Phil Hogan in an effort to isolate EU trade policy from possible conflicts of interests emerging from his interest in the top job at the World Trade Organization.

The Commission said today that Hogan should no longer speak publicly if his appearance threatens to "distract" from official EU trade policy. Any decisions on EU trade policy will be supervised by Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis.

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Mamer added that Hogan "continues fully in his role as trade commissioner" and said the new restrictions were simply "precautionary measures."

I can't find anything about that being disruptive, so presumably changing commissioners in mid-lane is ok if the commissioner uses the job as a stepping stone to an international top job, but not if they have to step down for acting like a smuck. Or he stepped down so quickly to keep his image less damaged as he was anyway getting ready to leave.

by fjallstrom on Thu Sep 10th, 2020 at 11:54:05 AM EST

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