Asked what the Prime Minister thought about the latest news that Angela Merkel had stepped up her opposition to Tony Blair’s candidacy, the PMS said that the Prime Minister would support Tony Blair if he decided to become a candidate. However, the Czech Republic had not yet ratified the Lisbon Treaty and candidates were not yet making their intentions clear. It was up to other leaders to take their own views as to who should be a candidate.
Asked if the Prime Minister had spoken to Angela Merkel or President Sarkozy regarding the EU Presidency in the last twenty-four hours, the PMS said no, but the Prime Minister would be seeing them at the EU Council and it was possible that the issue of top jobs in the EU would come up.
Asked if the Prime Minister had anything to say about the amount of money that had been spent during President Sarkozy’s Presidency of the EU last year, the PMS said that the Prime Minister would take the view of every leader in Europe; it was important to provide value for money for the taxpayer.
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