Simon Taylor, European Voice
The national governments of the European Union are divided over whether to make Tony Blair, the former UK prime minister, the first full-time president of the European Council.
The leaders of UK, France and Germany are supporting Blair, who was prime minister in 1997-2007, for the job of chairing European Council meetings and representing the EU to the outside world.
But the Dutch, Belgian and Luxembourg governments are leading opposition to Blair, arguing that he does not have a sufficiently pro-European background to represent the EU.
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Opposition mounts against Blair for Council president