Nikiforos Diamandouros

In the evening I was invited by Vice-President Irini Pari to dinner with the European Ombudsman, Nikiforos Diamandouras, who would be speaking to the Committee’s plenary session the next day. Diamandouras is a highly cultured man, a polyglot former professor whose English still sports a faint New York twang from the days of his studies at Columbia. ‘In the margins’, as they say, of the dinner, I and my counterpart, Ian Harden, dispatched quite a bit of formal business about communication channels, working methods, etc.