For more than seven years, Derk-Jan Eppink worked as a senior official behind the scenes in the European Commission. The Commission is not well-known to the general public, but makes decisions which affect the daily lives of almost half a billion Europeans. Now that he has left the Commission to take up a new job in New York, Eppink looks back on his time in Europe. Eppink's book gives the reader a rare and ironic glimpse of life in Europe's corridors of power. In his inimitable style, he sketches a portrait of the 'European Mandarins', the European Commission's senior administrators, of whom a German Euro-Commissioner recently said 'they have too much power and are too little controlled'.
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Author Biography - Derk Jan Eppink
Derk-Jan Eppink was a member of the cabinet staff of the European Commissioner Frits Bolkestein. He later worked for the Estonian Commissioner, Siim Kallas. For many years he was a political journalist, writing first for the Dutch 'NRC Handelsblad' and then for the Belgian 'De Standaard.' His first successful book 'Belgian Adventures' was also published by Lannoo.