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Tony Blair and Europe: shattering the Ming vase

Blair was the most instinctively pro-European PM since Heath, says his former policy chief. But his government made some big mistakes—and contributed to Eurosceptic populism

By Andrew Adonis  

Tony Blair with Gerhard Schroeder and Jacques Chirac. Photo: DPA DEUTSCHE PRESS-AGENTUR/DPA/PA Images

On 10th November, Andrew Adonis gave a lecture at Hertford College, Oxford on Tony Blair, for whom he worked as Head of the No 10 Policy Unit. You can find the full text below and watch it here. The talk was part of a series on prime ministers since Margaret Thatcher and their relationships with the continent.

In addition to being Blair’s policy chief, Adonis was Transport Secretary under Gordon Brown and now chairs the…

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