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How ambassadors took over the EU

Inside the ‘engine room’ that kept the European Union running through the pandemic — and gained power as a result.

As the coronavirus paralyzed politics across Europe, one group gained more power: EU ambassadors.

  • Jacopo Barigazzi
  • Politico

The envoys who represent the EU’s 27 member countries in Brussels kept meeting in person throughout the pandemic even as leaders, ministers and lawmakers were forced online.

Even more than usual, it fell to their committee, Coreper — an acronym of its French name, Comité des représentants permanents — to thrash out the differences between national governments on issues ranging…

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