‘It’s sad that French society is too insecure to let an American work for the EU’

Fiona Scott-Morton’s routine appointment quickly spiralled into a diplomatic furore – Tony Rinaldo

Friday was supposed to be Fiona Scott-Morton’s first day in Brussels. Her appointment as chief competition economist at the European Commission was announced last month with little fanfare on page six of its daily news bulletin.

A 227-word item stated she would start on September 1 and detailed the Yale Professor’s career achievements, including a stint working in the Obama…

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