March 20, 2003

Picked a Bad Day for an EU ...

Picked a Bad Day for an EU Summit: From Andrew Marr, one of the BBC's new warbloggers:

People who have been at these summits and sat inside the room for many years say they cannot remember one quite as bad as this.

Tony Blair and President Chirac have at least briefly shaken hands but they spent most of the time on the opposite sides of a very large room and the way they are regarding one another at the moment, it's probably a good thing. [...]

Mr Blair will have taken a lot of heart, not only that he did in the end get that Commons majority but also because opinion polls appear to be moving his way.

Via Dr. Frank.

Posted by at March 20, 2003 05:48 PM

My sense watching the freeze up in Anglo-French relations is the thaw will be a long time coming.

It was the point made by "a British Offical" almost certainly Jack Straw, when he said, "The French rejected our proposal before the Iraqis did" which pretty much tore it.

If, and it remains a big if, the Iraqi military collapses and the streets fill with joyous Iraqis greeting their Anglo-American liberators, Blair is going to be awfully tempted to tell mon chere Jacques to piss up a rope on everything from monetary union to a "common foreign policy." And he will have the support of the many new enterants to the "old Europe".

Posted by: Jay Currie at March 20, 2003 09:50 PM
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