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New Odds – The Face of Europe


“The race to become the first president of the European Union intensified on Tuesday, when Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg’s veteran prime minister, put himself forward as a potential rival to Tony Blair, the former British premier,” begins an article in the Financial Times. The race to be the first president of Europe is heating up with the Czech Republic being the only country yet to ratify the Lisbon treaty – the country’s constitutional court will likely issue a decision on the legality of the treaty next week.

The formal announcement is not expected at the European summit in Brussels beginning on Thursday, but could happen in the second half of November. Tony Blair remains the favorite, but a lower profile candidate could emerge as a compromise candidate.

Image from the Economist.



David Kampf

David Kampf is a writer and researcher based in Washington, DC. He is also a columnist for Asia Chronicle. He analyzes international politics, foreign policy and economic development, and his pieces have appeared in various publications, including China Rights Forum, African Security Review and World Politics Review. Recently, he directed communications for the U.S. Agency for International Development and President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in Rwanda. Prior to living in East Africa, he worked in China and studied in Brazil, India and South Africa.

Area of Focus
International Politics; Foreign Affairs; Economic Development