I think it is disastrous for Europe that we have ended up with two lightweights in the top positions of EU President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs.
I am sure both Herman Van Rompuy and Baroness Ashton have admirable qualities, but they are not the best people for the job.
In particular, Van Rompuy has consistently oppposed Turkish membership of the EU which I think he is wrong about.
The decision to choose two unknowns also shows Europe is not serious about leading or projecting its power onto a global stage. There is no powerful, self-assertive voice to represent us here. Europe's status is diminished once again.
Tony Blair won't lose any sleep over this. But we should worry that Europe has chosen to bury its head in the sand again. This was an opportunity to be radical and show leadership. Instead we end up with the worst of all worlds.
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