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The speech, delivered in French to members of the ruling centre-right UMP party, will be seen widely as Blair’s calling card for the new post of President of the European Council; to be created in the second half of 2008, with the appointment process to be overseen by France, during its leadership of the EU later this year.
When we appoint this president of the European Union, I want us to set the bar high and not aim for the lowest common denominator,”