The EU Commission is dead,

by Ian Davidson

LONDON: Europe’s core unifying institutions -- NATO and the European Union -- both find themselves simultaneously in uncharted waters. NATO’s mission is being redefined by deeds in the former Yugoslavia. The recent resignation en masse of Jacques Santer and the 19 other members of the European Commission in the wake of a damning report on fraud and mismanagement may unintentionally play the same role in the EU.

Many people assumed that the eviction of the Santer Commission would permanently weaken it as an institution. In the circumstances, this seemed a reasonable conclusion. Yet this reasonableness was mistaken, as was demonstrated by last week’s European summit in Berlin.

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