I have always been sceptical about the idea that Tony Blair is a plausible candidate for the presidency of the EU. Apart from the small snag that the job does not yet exist, it seems to me that the combination of bitterness over Iraq and Britain’s refusal to join the euro, means that there will be too much opposition.
Still, Tony Barber reports in today’s paper that the idea has got a new lease of life. If Blair is eventually dragged reluctantly to the throne, he will have a lot to thank Nicolas Sarkozy for. As the FT notes today, Sarko’s hyper-active and effective presidency of the EU in the second half of 2008 has made the case for a “big-hitter” as president of Europe. Or, at least, somebody people have heard of. Read more