Magazine
Latest Issue

Brussels Diary

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…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect