For the many readers who asked me about the meaning of the new office of the EU Presidency, here a snippet from an article from today titled
"John Rentoul: If Blair runs for the EU presidency, Brown will be the fall guy – whatever the result":
"I don't think he wants it, a retired diplomat told me.
This peer, who worked with Tony Blair, is a good judge of the European game.
The problem with the new post of president of the European Council, he said, is that it comes third in the pecking order,
behind the President of the Commission, currently Jose Manuel Barroso (farmer: 2004-2009),
and the Foreign Affairs supremo, likely to be Javier Solana,
who already holds half the post."
"The bare bones of the job are in the Lisbon Treaty, which cannot be changed and is likely to be ratified by the end of this year (Irish voters permitting). But the detailed rules, which are likely to be written later this year, will be drawn up in such a way as to suit the existing holders of the top jobs, Barroso and Solana."
Not to forget that Solana will also sit in the Commission as Vize then...
this sums up to more then one and a half of the post...maybe three and a half (:)).