Latest Issue

Brussels diary

Blair's chances of being president of the European council may be over; Jean-Claude Juncker is the man to beat. Plus Slovenia tries to keep a lid on the Balkans

By Manneken Pis   January 2008

The other presidential race

Tony Blair’s campaign to become the first president of the European council has been dealt a lethal blow before it ever really got going. The post, created by the new EU reform treaty, will not be filled before December 2008 at the earliest, but Blair had received a surprising semi-endorsement from Nicolas Sarkozy in the autumn. But now two other leaders have all but declared Blair unacceptable. Angela Merkel and Romano Prodi are seasoned politicians who do not couch things in direct and personal terms. Nevertheless, at a recent summit, the German chancellor and Italian…

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.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect