Tony Blair has emerged as the leading candidate to become the first permanent president of the European Union after Gordon Brown gave his grudging blessing to the plan. The former prime minister has stepped up his campaign for the job, which he wants to use to build a bridge between Europe and the new Obama administration.The paper reports that Tony Blair prospects will surprise and potentially anger European leaders given the divides that opened following Britain's decision to follow the United States in to Iraq.
It is known that President Sarkozy of France has been supportive of the prospect of Tony Blair becoming European President. However, the paper reports that it will not all be plain sailing for Mr. Blair. Another Irish 'no' vote on the Lisbon treaty would call in to question whether the position will be created. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is reportedly keen to secure a post if she were to lose the German elections in September.
Tony Blair is reportedly frustrated with the lack of progress in the Middle East and feels the prospect for any agreement has been seriously harmed by the Israeli elections.