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Blair's rivals for the European council presidency include Barroso—and maybe Merkel. The Italians may prompt a reshuffle at the commission. Plus, Prince Charles and Bono

By Manneken Pis   March 2008

Blair’s new rivals for president

Just as Tony Blair gets interested in becoming the first president of the European council, the field of potential rivals has begun to expand. The most obvious alternative to Blair has always been Jean-Claude Juncker, the chain-smoking bon vivant and premier of Luxembourg. Blair’s most prominent backer, Nicolas Sarkozy, has been careful to praise Juncker too. Indeed, some conspiracy theorists believe Juncker to be the French president’s top choice. Their logic is that the frontrunner for top EU jobs rarely wins in the end. Hence, by putting Blair’s name up in lights, Sarkozy…

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