October 6, 2009
To me it seems pretty obvious that people close to Tony Blair are spreading the idea that he could become Council president.
There is not a shred of evidence that this is a realistic option.
Angela Merkel is known to oppose Blair’s candidacy. Jean-Claude Juncker is certainly not in favour either as Blair vetoed him as Commission president in 2004. Guy Verhofstadt will harbour similar sentiments, and Nicolas Sarkozy’s daily changing whims are not what drives EU decision-making.
And then there are the objective facts which speak against Blair:
He is solidly disliked by Europeans across the board because of his lies leading to the Iraq war.
He never delivered any of his promises with regard to the UK’s position in the EU. He did not even organise an informed debate.
His performance as Middle East envoy has been subterranean.
The Socialists lost the last European election.
Finally, the idea of Cherie Blair becoming the EU’s first lady is just scary.
Ronald GrünebaumAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor