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European Commission President

Asked to name the candidate for the job of European Commission President whom Denis MacShane had said in an interview this morning everyone had appeared to agree to, the PMOS said he understood that Dr MacShane disagreed with the interpretation of his comments. What he had actually said was that the Taoiseach was seeking an agreed candidate. That was where we were. Asked for a reaction to reports that the latest candidate might be the Portuguese Prime Minister, the PMOS said that our position on this issue had not changed one iota since yesterday. There were a number of candidates whose names had been mentioned. The Taoiseach would consult all EU Heads of Government so that we could reach a consensus on this matter.

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