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There was another, unspoken, political message in von der Leyen's decision that reflected her distaste for disruption. By taking the highly prominent trade portfolio away from Ireland, she issued a clear warning to other national governments about the perils of letting EU commissioners become ensnared in domestic political controversies.

Hogan's appearance at a golf club dinner that violated coronavirus guidelines on large gatherings, and his alleged breach of other travel rules, might have been survivable had top Irish officials, including Prime Minister Micheál Martin and Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, not publicly condemned Hogan's actions and called on him to reconsider his position in Brussels.

by Bernard on Wed Sep 9th, 2020 at 08:51:32 AM EST

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