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Not many readers will know who Hans-Gert Pottering is - and I should acknowledge that his existence had never registered with me until I began research for this column. Pottering is a German with a PhD. Probably one of millions of Germans with PhDs.

6th June, 2009

Not many readers will know who Hans-Gert Pottering is - and I should acknowledge that his existence had never registered with me until I began research for this column. Pottering is a German with a PhD. Probably one of millions of Germans with PhDs.

But he is also the recipient of the German Grand Cross of the Order of Merit. Not many people know that.

He is also the recipient of the Grand Decoration of...

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