Saturday

18th Nov 2017

The rival pole scenario feared by Blair

British Prime Minister Tony Blair last night appealed to Americans to combine their need to protect their own security with the wider needs of international justice, reported the Guardian ahead of today's continued US-UK summit in Northern Ireland.

Arriving in Belfast last night Mr Blair had a short walk and a dinner with American president George Bush, reportedly focusing on the UN's role in post-war Iraq.

Thank you for reading EUobserver!

Subscribe now for a 30 day free trial.

  1. €150 per year
  2. or €15 per month
  3. Cancel anytime

EUobserver is an independent, not-for-profit news organization that publishes daily news reports, analysis, and investigations from Brussels and the EU member states. We are an indispensable news source for anyone who wants to know what is going on in the EU.

We are mainly funded by advertising and subscription revenues. As advertising revenues are falling fast, we depend on subscription revenues to support our journalism.

For group, corporate or student subscriptions, please contact us. See also our full Terms of Use.

If you already have an account click here to login.

However, the healing of European splits over the Iraq war might also be on the mind of the British Premier in today's talks.

Downing Street regards as "catastrophic" the scenario whereby France and Germany are tempted to seek a rival pole of global power in cooperation with Russia.

Number 10 is reacting to a series of meetings between Paris, Moscow and Berlin, which it sees as deepening divisions in Europe.

Back into the fold

UK membership of the euro could be one possible strategy to bring London back in line with leading European nations, such as France and Germany.

Mr Blair "recognises that the political case for British membership of the euro has been increased by the diplomatic split with France and Germany over the Iraq conflict", according to the Guardian.

Last night Peter Mandelson, a former cabinet minister who has Mr Blair's ear, focussed on the same topic, urging the UK government to pay attention to the 'special relationship' with its European partners after the Iraq war.

Speaking to a Labour Movement for Europe meeting at Westminster he said: "We should resist those in Washington and London who want to use this crisis, and our disagreement with the French, to split Britain from Europe".

Mr Mandelson has been outside the government for more than two years but is close to the prime minister and his approach to the EU.

Agenda

EU agencies and eastern neighbours This WEEK

EU ministers will vote on where to relocate two EU agencies from the UK, while later EU leaders will host six eastern European countries in Brussels. Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic awaits his verdict in the Hague.

Opinion

Mind the gap: inequality in our cities

Minimum wages, 'living' wages and a universal basic income are all part of the ongoing mix to find ways to reduce social inequality across the EU.

News in Brief

  1. Bonn climate talks extend into Friday evening
  2. UK needs to move on Brexit by early December, Tusk says
  3. Puigdemont extradition decision postponed to December
  4. Ireland wants written UK guarantees to avoid hard border
  5. US did not obstruct climate talks, says German minister
  6. EU signs social declaration
  7. Puigdemont to be heard by Belgian judges
  8. Steep fall in migrants reaching EU

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. European Jewish CongressAntisemitism in Europe Today: Is It Still a Threat to Free and Open Society?
  2. Counter BalanceNew Report: Juncker Plan Backs Billions in Fossil Fuels and Carbon-Heavy Infrastructure
  3. Nordic Council of MinistersNordic countries prioritise fossil fuel subsidy reform
  4. Mission of China to the EUNew era for China brings new opportunities to all
  5. ACCASmall and Medium Sized Practices Must 'Offer the Whole Package'
  6. UNICEFAhead of the African Union - EU Summit, Survey Highlights Impact of Conflict on Education
  7. Nordic Council of MinistersNordic Council Calls for Closer Co-Operation on Foreign Policy
  8. Swedish EnterprisesTrilogue Negotiations - Striking the Balance Between Transparency and Efficiency
  9. Access EuropeProspects for US-EU Relations Under the Trump Administration - 28 November 2017
  10. World Vision20 November: Exchange of Views at the EP on Children Affected by the Syria Crisis
  11. Nordic Council of MinistersSustainable Growth the Nordic Way: Climate Solutions for a Sustainable Future
  12. EU2017EEHow Data Fuels Estonia's Economy

Latest News

  1. EU keeps former Soviet states at arm's length
  2. EU leaders make pledge on social issues after populist backlash
  3. EU agencies and eastern neighbours This WEEK
  4. Germany slams Dutch call for more ambitious EU climate goal
  5. Mind the gap: inequality in our cities
  6. Climate activists 'disappointed' with EU at climate talks
  7. Davis outlines UK vision on Brexit in Berlin
  8. German coalition talks in near collapse