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Analysis: Hogan will have to mend fences with Martin after quitting WTO race

The European Commissioner for Trade has withdrawn his bid for the top job at the international organisation, and now has some repair work to do in his relationship with the new Taoiseach

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

29th June, 2020
Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Trade, has been accused in the past by Micheál Martin of making partisan interventions in domestic politics

Phil Hogan has bowed to the inevitable by withdrawing his candidacy for the position of director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The signs had been there for some time. Other EU countries were quite content with keeping him as European Commissioner for Trade, and did not want him leaving with just six months to go until a potential no-deal Brexit.

One source in Brussels told me recently that most EU leaders and Hogan’s...

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