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Mariya Gabriel leaves a legacy of quiet progress and niggling problems

Apocryphally, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger once enquired: “Who do I call if I want to speak to Europe?” It’s a fictitious but nonetheless illustrative comment on the continent’s somewhat complicated power-sharing systems.

During the three-and-a-half-year tenure of now-departed EU commissioner Mariya Gabriel, individuals in research, innovation and education had a good answer to that question. The politician who has left to lead a coalition Bulgarian government unified the R&I and education portfolios for the first time.

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