Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Does the EU want a president who opposes co-operation?

The FT has reported:

"Tony Blair, the former UK prime minister, on Tuesday faced his first unofficial challenger for the European Union’s presidency after Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg’s prime minister, indicated he was willing to take the job."

So we have Blair, an arch-supporter of the City of London - Offshore Central -- now being challenged by this kind of man, a staunch defender of bank secrecy and an opponent of co-operation on tax, whose cynicism in the face of efforts to co-operate in the area of information exchange, and whose relish for delay in moving forwards with this, is summed up in his memorable phrase:

"I’m looking forward to many years of fascinating and fundamental discussions."


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