Tony Blair will not become the first EU President

As Julien Frisch correctly points out in fact it is not the position of EU President that Blair would be running for in any case – indeed quite a cock-up for Le Monde.

Its not suprising that the UK flag is all the way in the back corner...

It's not suprising that the UK flag is all the way in the back corner...

In any case, Charlemagne over at the Economist has rushed to inform of that Glenys Kinnock, the new Europe Minister of the UK “fucked up” and got a little over-excited with a possible Blair candidacy.
Her mess-up however is unimportant – and here’s why – Europe does not need a President of the EU European Council who comes from a country that is not in the EMU (does not have the Euro as its currency) and is Eurosceptic. Furthermore, the first President of the (European) Council under the Lisbon Treaty will get a significant position in shaping the role. This is not quite what we want Blair to do as Europeans – especially when – as Euractiv writes: The New Parliament seen retreating from Anglo-Saxon model.

It comes down to a simple question – what Europe do we seek? (plagiarised from the New Europe editorial this week)?

It just seems to me that the Union could only regress under British leadership.

Perhaps we’ve got enough of Britain represented in Europe as it is

Wanted: The Lisbon Treaty

I wanted to see what everybody thinks… Though I don’t expect a huge voter turnout… 🙂

  

Just looking back on some emails, I recieved mixed messages:

The President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, welcomed as a strong political signal the call by European Heads of State and Government meeting in Brussels for the Lisbon Treaty ratification process to go ahead in those countries that have not ratified.

 (June)

From the Press:

No Lisbon Treaty by June 2009- Juncker

Juncker rules out Lisbon treaty before 2010

 

 

Barroso is no Delors… Europe needs someone better

A conversation with Jon Worth after his post “Brown, Barroso and the Baroness” has prompted me to write this post… The aim of the blogosphere is to be able to share thoughts and ideas; my thought today is that Barroso should not be President of the Commission for a second term.

Indeed, Jose Barroso is no Jacques Delors

Barroso hopes to become the second President of the Commission to serve a second term. For myself, unwanted and unlikely.

Two outgoing Presidents. One far more important than the other... and one making it to a second term... (hopefully itll remain that way)

For the people who haven’t been knee deep in the European arena- it suffices to google: Barroso + scandal
You’ll see plenty of results – including the following:

FT, EUX, EUObserver, EUReferendum, Daily Mail, New Europe 1, New Europe2, PSE

And let’s not forget… The several failed referenda to get the European Constitution, and later the Reform Treaty (cleverly renamed the Treaty of Lisbon – absolutely nothing to do with where the honorable president comes from!).

The failure to pass the Lisbon Treaty is a historic failure- and not one to be celebrated by the re-appointment of the man who led the failing campaign. The President might have a glimmer of hope that Ireland will somehow magically get another referendum voted before his term is up- but this seems highly improbable, if not impossible. Even if this were to happen, Barroso’s term would still be a failure! Europe has lost too much time to cite bad leadership as a reason.

Sadly, Barroso has failed as President of the Commission. And Sadly, there are indications that some leaders may back him for a second term. A ray of hope however came through my laptop screen this morning, as I read this article in EUObserver which has Sarkozy and Barroso going head to head.

Losing the French backing is going to be a huge problem for Barroso. And if I may add, a huge present from Sarkozy, to the Europeans looking for a brighter future.