Mr. Blair’s apparent candidacy for the not yet created post as the first 2.5 year President of the Council continues to create commotions. The Guardian publishes today an article on the growing anti-Blair movements under the heading “Stop Blair: ambition to lead Europe hits fierce opposition”. However, the scepticism seems to be mainly pronounced among civil servants and perhaps the general public, whereas Blair could count on a “massive support” from Eastern Europe, Italy (under Berlusconi) and, of course, France. The opposition would come from Benelux and, speculates the Guardian, from Germany which obviously would be a formidable obstacle. We have earlier on this blog expressed the view that the Nordic countries are not very likely to put any spokes in the Blair wheel with Denmark likely to give enthusiastic support.
The Parliament Press Review this morning quotes the IHT:
UK prime minister Gordon Brown is seeking to boost his European credentials by paying a symbolic first visit to EU headquarters, more than seven months after taking office, says the IHT.
The paper says that chancellor Angela Merkel and president Nicolas Sarkozy made the trip within days of taking office.
The Guardian mentions the “Stop Blair Petition” but does not link: you can find it here.