Tony Blair in Line to Become First President of Europe

October 2, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Former Prime Minister of Britain, Tony Blair appears to be the likely candidate to be chosen, as the first head of the European Union, according to The Times of London. Blair’s presidency depends on a majority yes vote in Ireland’s referendum and the full support of European world leaders, which British sources see as likely.

If Ireland ratifies the Lisbon treaty today, the only real impediments to Blair’s ascension to the presidency, would be the uncertainty of the support of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

The German head of state had previously expressed a preference for a country that had adopted the euro as its currency. But sources say now, Merkel’s opposition to Blair may be softening.

Blair already has the full support of French President Sarkozy.

The additional support of the Polish and Czech presidents would be needed for full ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, if it’s approved by Irish voters today. The Polish and Czech leaders are expected to sigin on to the treaty without delay.

If everything goes Blair’s way, he would be officially sworn in as the President of the European Union at a summit on October 29.



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