By Richard Laming
Published in EUobserver, 1 April 2004
Reports filter out that European Commissioners are starting to think about political jobs in their member states. This is hardly a surprise.
For who are the Commissioners but senior national politicians who have been seconded to Brussels for a while? They are not the bureaucrats of Eurosceptic myth but significant political figures in their own right.
The issues they deal with are the European-level equivalent of those dealt with by national government ministers. They deal with economic policy, the fight against terrorism, environmental protection, social policy: all the things that governments in democracies actually do.
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