It is vital new EU commissioner is supportive of free trade

The rise of protectionism is not good news for Ireland and will make life more difficult for whoever gets the job

'The ongoing global recession, which could very possibly turn into a depression, has already added to a pre-existing momentum against free trade.' (stock photo)

Dan O'Brien

Only two jobs in the European Commission have global clout: one is the job Phil Hogan has just vacated; the other is the role Margrethe Vestager plays as Europe's competition enforcer.