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Could Spain's former premier Felipe González nab the EU's new top job from Tony Blair? Plus, renaming the Cap

By Manneken Pis   August 2009

Should the EU give its top job to a 67-year-old who left office in the mid-1990s and speaks no English? With 2nd October set as the date for the second Irish vote on the Lisbon treaty, thoughts are turning to who should get the biggest job it creates, president of the European council—providing the Irish vote “yes” of course. The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, once a fan of Tony Blair’s candidacy, is now thought to be backing Felipe González, socialist premier of Spain from 1982 to 1996.

Blair’s friends have not yet given up on Sarko and Tony has an…

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