The latest discrimination victim…

…is, according to his self-perception, José Manuel Durão Barroso, former President of the European Commission, who, having accepted an appointment as “President without portefeuille” at Goldman Sachs, has been qualified as a lobbyist by the current Commission and thus stripped of the priviledged access that former Presidents normally enjoy. He wrote this in a somewhat larmoyant letter to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, extracts of which have been quoted by Associated Press.

It is unclear for which purposes other than lobbyism Mr. Barroso might have been recruited by the American investment bank.

“Discrimination” is a term that European politicians and political entrepreneurs routinely fill with every meaning they like, even the most absurd ones.