17:32Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair could become the first European president
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair could become the first European president already in the next few weeks, if the Irish will ratify the Lisbon Treaty. |
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair could become the first European president already in the next few weeks, if the Irish vote "Yes" in today's referendum, writes British The Times.
According to British officials, French President Nicolas Sarkozy thinks that Mr Blair - the best candidate, and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has softened its stance.
Blair may be appointed to this important position is Oct. 29 at the summit, which will be held in Brussels.
Merkel was set against Blair. She stated that the presidency of the European Union (EU) should take a representative of the country, which adopted the euro, but according to newspaper sources, it is possible that Merkel will become "obedient" if Germany and France will have posts in the EU.
At the same time the German edition of the sources insist that is not yet entirely clear "whether Merkel's changed her mind.
Merkel nominated heads of government of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker, but "behind the scenes leader hardly be able to count on victory in the European race. According to some sources, Sarkozy, Merkel has informally suggested the ex-Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez socialist, but she "treated him with suspicion."
Meanwhile, Mr Blair, which lobbies for the interests of London, declared that he would not "participate in the race (for the post of EU president), if not sure of his victory." He is afraid to leave the rest of its obligations, including business and charitable foundation.
Today in Ireland will be a second referendum on the ratification of the Lisbon Agreement. In the case of a positive outcome for the full ratification of the agreement will be required only the signature of the Polish and Czech presidents. As expected, Warsaw agreed to sign the document. With regard to the Czech Republic, then, according to diplomatic sources, it too will agree, perhaps, after receiving a sweetening the pill of Germany.
The possibility of introducing the post of EU president envisaged by the Lisbon treaty, which defines the principles of the functioning of the EU's institutions. However, this decision may be taken only after the treaty ratified by all countries of the Union.
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