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The EU Commission needs to practice what it preaches

The European Commission should be basking in the glory of having finally, after seven torturous years, signed the EU free trade deal with Canada. Instead, it finds itself mired in a mess entirely of the making of its own commissioners.

Rather than enjoying the afterglow of a Sunday visit to Brussels by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the commission spent Monday stonewalling questions about the future of its digital policy chief, the German politician Gunther Oettinger, who used a speech on Friday to make a series of ill-judged jokes about gay marriage, the Chinese and former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s separation from his wife.

It also published a report exonerating former Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for taking a lobbying job with Goldman Sachs, although it did question his judgement.

>>Read: Whole story on New Statesman.

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