Stop Blair: ambition to lead Europe hits fierce opposition

Tony Blair in Davos, Switzerland, last month

Tony Blair in Davos, Switzerland, last month. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty images

Tony Blair’s hopes of becoming Europe’s first president are running into mounting opposition across the EU, with Germany determined to stymie the former prime minister.

A “Stop Blair” website run by pro-Europeans has launched a petition against him; a transnational, cross-party caucus in the European parliament is forming to campaign against a Blair presidency; senior officials in Brussels are privately dismissive about the new post going to a Briton; and senior diplomats in European capitals also doubt that Blair is the right person for the post being created under Europe’s new reform treaty.

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