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The press have ruled out Blair's chances of becoming EU president. But don't write him off just yet. Make way for the new EU diplomatic corps. Plus, Robert Cooper needs a job

By Manneken Pis   June 2008

Is it all over for Blair?

When asked who should be the first president of the EU, most European leaders refuse to speculate on names, claiming that the terms of the job need to be defined before individuals can be discussed. At least that’s what they say on the record. But the main French newspapers recently revealed, in strikingly similar reports, that sources at the Elysée were ruling out Tony Blair for the job as there was too much opposition to him. Even the left-wing groups in the European parliament don’t want him, said the unnamed sources. Instead, Jean-Claude…

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