But, there must be a European President, and, as Matthew D’Ancona observes, Blair’s experience on the international stage, his Europhilia and his Eurotrash-popstar status make him the ideal candidate. Nothing is more galvanising than the prospect of thwarted ambition; for that and his innate good fortune, don’t count Blair out.
PS. Danny Finkelstein has an excellent analysis about the internal EU debate of the relative merits and demerits of a strong EU Presidency. The feeling is, and I second this, that Blair wants the role to be more than an administrative bauble; but little is known about the ins and outs of this vital debate: the government and opposition should join in.