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Europe briefing

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We get to grips with the Belgian PM's colourful sense of style. Plus a Q&A with European Commissioner Karel de Gucht and news from Lisbon and Liechtenstein.

European Union, Government, Society, Technology, Trade

Style leader No.41

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Elio Di Rupo [BELGIUM]

When Elio Di Rupo became prime minister of Belgium on 6 December 2011, he was instantly a riveting curiosity. Not just because he is the child of impoverished Italian immigrants, or because he is gay, or because he is an atheist, or because he is Belgium’s first socialist prime minister in decades, or because he barely speaks the language of most of his compatriots – but because he was actually prime minister. Before King Albert II swore Di Rupo in, a rancorous deadlock had left Belgium without a…


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