Analysis: Hogan’s job hangs in balance but his reputation is damaged forever

Ursula Von der Leyen may be reluctant to remove her Trade Commissioner as it could set an unwanted precedent

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
25th August, 2020
Analysis: Hogan’s job hangs in balance but his reputation is damaged forever
Phil Hogan’s usually shrewd judgement has been missing entirely throughout this debacle. Picture: Sam Boal/

Phil Hogan has never come across as the most amiable of politicians, but he always seemed to be one of the shrewdest.

His reputation has taken a battering over the last week, however, as the EU Trade Commissioner offered a master class in how not to handle a political crisis.

It seems astonishing that a man of such experience has forgotten some of the basic rules of handling a controversy - apologise sincerely if you’re...

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