Sunday January 19, 2020

Hogan’s run in trade could be just what Ireland needs

Phil Hogan has based his entire political career on pragmatism. If he takes tips from Jean-Claude Juncker on diplomacy, his years as EU trade commissioner could be very successful

15th September, 2019
Phil Hogan: will have to tone down his language when he becomes trade commissioner Pic: Getty

The great excitement which has permeated Brussels for months now over the “institutional handover” appeared to finally take hold in Dublin last week with the announcement of the proposed allocation of the trade portfolio to Phil Hogan.

The change in the parliament and commission takes several months. It is the stuff of great political drama and intrigue in Brussels, but it rarely piques interest in the member state capitals. This changeover promises to...

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