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Now that the Irish have said yes to Lisbon, what happens next? An orgy of infighting

By Manneken Pis   November 2009

As Prospect went to press, Eurosceptic Czech President Vaclav Klaus was still dragging his heels over the Lisbon treaty. Nevertheless, the Irish “yes” vote has given a real boost to Brussels—and to Tony Blair’s hopes of becoming EU president.

So, if Klaus can be brought round, what next? One of the few selling points of the Lisbon treaty is its promise to streamline the EU’s ramshackle foreign policy structures. Well, maybe. The treaty combines the posts of foreign policy chief—now Javier Solana—and European foreign affairs commissioner, currently Benita Ferrero-Waldner. The new foreign policy supremo, who will represent the interests of…

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