From British daily The Independent:
Hope fades over EU role for Blair
By John Lichfield in Paris
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Tony Blair received an unwelcome 55th birthday present from France yesterday. President Nicolas Sarkozy has abandoned his efforts to push the former prime minister’s claim to be the first permanent president of the European Union Council from next year.
M. Sarkozy, who takes over the rotating EU presidency in July, is now backing the candidature of Jean-Claude Juncker, the Luxembourg Prime Minister, according to senior French officials. The French President was once a strong Blair-backer, floating the idea himself last year, but he has bowed to pressure from other EU governments.
And for this favour, Sarkozy now stabs me in the back, Blair may think.
Good that Blair does not get that job.
However, he still should go to the continent of Europe: not as political leader, but as a a suspect in a war crimes trial in the Hague.