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The European Union: Politics and Policies (2017 6 edn). p. 126 Middle.

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  1. What does "a bus trip with the Marx brothers in the driver's seat" mean?

  2. Why was the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers likened to "a bus trip with the Marx brothers in the driver's seat"?

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    Are you aware of the comedians, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx and sometimes Zeppo Marx? – James K Apr 19 at 6:06
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    I don't think this is a politics question, more a matter of understanding an American cultural reference. – James K Apr 19 at 6:18
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    In more general terms it's probably a jab the controversies that Barroso was involved in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Manuel_Barroso#Controversies – Fizz Apr 19 at 6:30
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    Your book is talking about the rotating presidency of the Council, not of the Commission; please make this clear in your question. The events it refers to are the 2014-2015 rotations. Those are pretty obscure... – Fizz Apr 19 at 10:01
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    I don't see what the answer could be. If you are familar with Marx Brothers movies, then the meaning is obvious. "The Italian presidency was chaotic". That is the opinion of the author. I suspect that the OP, unfamiliar with the movies, thought that it had some connection to Karl Marx (a reasonable assumption in the context). But feel free to write and answer if you feel you can. – James K Apr 20 at 21:18

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