"Mr Barroso's spokeswoman said the 25 commissioners had discussed among themselves whether any of their trips created conflicts of interest and had decided they did not".
Just read that again and think about the implicationsof this. The college of European Commissioners has now decided that it is capable of deciding on whether it or a member of it has done wrong. It is now out of bounds to journalists or elected politicians (in this case Nigel Farage of UKIP) to expect answers to questioons about Commissioners interests.
We already knew this was true
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