New book claims Dick Spring blocked Sutherland for top EU job in 1994

A new book by a former senior EU official claims that Dick Spring personally intervened to prevent the late Peter Sutherland becoming president of the European Commission

18th July, 2021
New book claims Dick Spring blocked Sutherland for top EU job in 1994
Peter Sutherland: was in frame for European Commission presidency, but missed out.

Dick Spring, the former Tánaiste, played a key role in blocking the appointment of Peter Sutherland to the EU’s most prestigious job, it has been claimed in a new book.

At the time, the Fianna Fáil-Labour coalition government denied that it had stood in the way of Sutherland, who was aligned to Fine Gael, becoming president of the European Commission in 1994 as a compromise candidate.

Spring has previously denied...

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