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article imageItalian PM endorses Tony Blair for EU presidency

By Jane Fazackarley     Oct 14, 2009 in Politics
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has received the backing of Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi as a candidate to become president of the EU.
The Italian Prime Minister wrote to a newspaper to say that he had "the right credentials" for the position.
Tony Blair gave up his position of Prime Minister in 2007 and he now serves a role as the Middle East Peace envoy.
The position of president will be created by the Lisbon Treaty which will alter the way the European Union works. The Treaty is still to receive the approval of the Czech Republic.
Many have suggested that Tony Blair would be interested in the role but he has not yet announced if he will apply for the position.
The final decision over who gets the EU presidency role will be down to the heads of the European Union.
Felipe Gonzalez, who was once president of Spain and Jean-Claude Juncke, the Luxembourg PM are also considered potential candidates.
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