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Blair’s chance

Climate change presents Tony Blair with his last chance to become a world statesman

By Chris Layton   January 2005

If Tony Blair is to leave his mark on history, it must be as a European and world statesman. Twice he has missed crucial opportunities to take Britain into the heart of Europe and to do so in a way which constructively reshapes the Atlantic partnership and the world.

When he came to power he missed the chance to take Britain into the euro, creating a better balance in the global monetary system. Iraq offered the chance to forge a genuine European foreign and security policy through a shared strategic purpose forged in the fire of decisive events. With the…

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