Civil Servants Circled By Foes Misunderstood at the Helm of the EU

The highly qualified civil servants at the EU Commission wield tremendous power, but their frequent lack of political savvy has turned many Europeans against them. SPIEGEL profiles the EU's executive in advance of the European election.
The Berlaymont Building in Brussels serves as the official headquarters of the European Commission, the EU's executive.

The Berlaymont Building in Brussels serves as the official headquarters of the European Commission, the EU's executive.

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Photo Gallery: The European Commission: Fact and Fiction
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Photo Gallery: The European Commission: Fact and Fiction

Translated from the German by Daryl Lindsey and Thomas Rogers
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