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The next president of the EU is unlikely to be Tony Blair. Think low-key Benelux man

By Manneken Pis   December 2009

As Prospect went to press, Gordon Brown was still fighting to install Tony Blair in the job of first full-time president of the European council. But Blair’s would-be assassins were emerging like the cast of an Agatha Christie whodunit. In Britain, William Hague told EU ambassadors that appointing Blair would be considered a hostile act by the Tories. And on the continent, Jean-Claude Juncker, prime minister of Luxembourg, held the smoking revolver.

Over the years, Juncker has rarely concealed his dislike for all things Anglo-Saxon—apart, perhaps, for the British banks which set up shop in his tax-haven principality. Juncker,…

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