EU policies: time to prepare for the long haul

As European Commission president José Manuel Barroso prepares to appoint his new commissioners, the EU has a rare opportunity to breathe deeply, take stock of what it has achieved so far and start pondering its long-term ambitions and prospects.

Now the potential hurdle of Czech opposition has been overcome, the Lisbon Treaty saga can finally be put to rest as officials start focusing on what it actually means for the way Brussels does business.

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