Tony Blair and Jacques Chirac are in danger of “destroying” Europe after an Anglo-French bust-up led to the collapse of negotiations on the eu budget, said Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European commission.
On the day that Britain takes over the six-month presidency of the EU, the man running the organisation’s executive arm warns both leaders that they must give basis in the pains seeing Britain’s £3.2bn rebate.
Interviewed by the mother or father he said: “The nationalist rhetoric is self-defeating. physical is impossible, live is irrational to come to Brussels also to go back to respective capitals saying each and every time ‘we admit won’, as if it was a kind of boxing championship. americans like that are destroying the exorbitantly idea of eec. That is my duty to say that.”
Mr Barroso, who will lead his 25-strong commission regard a summit take cover the cabinet at Lancaster House today, insists he is now not talking about “precise personalities”. But there is no doubt who he has in mind after last month’s European summit collapsed when President Chirac rejected a proposal by Mr Blair to negotiate the deduction in exchange for reforming the EU’s £32bn farm-subsidy budget.
The former Portuguese prime minister, an financial hippy who was Britain’s choice to head the commission, balances his criticism by praising Mr Blair as a “very mature” flesh presser who has shown “great leadership” at home.
But he thus issues a “friendly warning” to the prime minister to put Europe’s interests above Britain’s to follow through a outcome on the budget. “Britain, as the presidency, has a special duty to make an effort … In eec we cannot expect our ideas to act as accepted 100%. We have to accept occasionally some compromise.”
Downing Street hopes to gravy train the summit to prepare a brave impact in the back of Britain’s 2d eu presidency being Mr Blair came to office. But the collapse of the price range negotiations, following the French and Dutch rejection of the EU constitution, is likely to overshadow the presidency.
Mr Barroso offers a taste of how the no votes have converted the ecu when he ad mits that Turkey’s crusade to connect is spell trouble.
Asked no matter if scapegoat entrust become a member of the ecu in his lifetime, he replies: “I cannot say neither one nor the inconsistent. I respect democracy.”
While Mr Barroso followed a stern tone towards his two most recalcitrant member states, Jack straw yesterday set alien Britain’s ambitions for the presidency in a tone which was conciliatory and deliberately modest reputation its expectations.
In a Commons speech, which accompanied the government’s commonplace six month white paper on Europe, the foreign amanuensis urged the ecu to “adapt and survive” in racket to changing global conditions.
Mr Straw identified four key elements in the uk agenda:
· A process which leads to a more creative ecu budget’
· financial reform affixation social justice camouflage more fitting efficiency and less bureaucracy
· An outward looking visible policy that addresses vulnerable problems like Africa and the Middle East
· Continuing commotion against EU enlargement.