Wolfgang Münchau, Financial Times | July 20, 2009
Tony Blair and José Manuel Barroso are popular and capable politicians, but as the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission they would be a deadly combination. ++ Mr. Blair's "political star qualities" will not be enough to succeed in the tough new job of coordinating the 27 heads of state. ++ The two do not represent the diversity of Europe opinion, since they both supported the Iraq war. ++ Neither of them can provide the strong leadership the EU needs to survive and overcome its real problems.