France, reputed to be the European Union's cleverest member when it comes to Brussels politics, is at it again. Its squeaky-wheel tactics on the recently completed world trade agreement won big concessions for its heavily subsidized farmers. Hoping to extend the winning streak, the French government is now jockeying to put one of its nationals in the Agriculture Commissioner's spot at the European Union. That would give France, the EU's biggest agricultural power, control over a juicy portfolio that gets more than half of the $87 billion EU budget.

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