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Sat, Oct 03 2009 | Sofia Echo | Clive Leviev-Sawyer

EU-TREATY/IRELAND

Irish voters have approved the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty, in a repeat referendum on the issue, the Voice of America reported.

Election officials announced on October 3 2009 that more than 67 per cent of voters supported the treaty in the referendum held the day before.

Irish prime minister Brian Cowen welcomed what he called a “resounding yes” to the treaty, which is aimed at streamlining the decision making in the 27-nation bloc.

Cowen called the vote a good day for Ireland and for Europe.

Several leaders inside and outside the EU welcomed the result.

European Commission President Jose Barroso told an October 3 news conference: “Thank you Ireland: It’s a great day, for Ireland and for Europe”

“The Irish people have spoken. They have said a resounding yes to Europe,” said Barroso.

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Germany and France aim to be kingmakers as revitalised European Union prepares to give former PM Blair the top job

Toby Helm
The Observer, Sunday 4 October 2009

Tony Blair has emerged as a clear favourite to become the first permanent EU president. Photograph: Rex features

Tony Blair has emerged as a clear favourite to become the first permanent EU president. Photograph: Rex features

European leaders led by Angela Merkel of Germany and Nicolas Sarkozy of France will act swiftly to make the EU’s reform charter a reality after Ireland’s Yes vote, despite the lone resistance of Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic.

The strong endorsement of the Lisbon treaty by the Irish after eight years of divisive attempts to rewrite the EU’s rule book, has sparked the jockeying for position over the plum jobs that it creates, with Tony Blair now a clear favourite to become the first permanent EU president.

The posts of president of the council and that of a new foreign policy chief with enhanced powers are among the biggest changes under the treaty. But the appointments will not be made in isolation. Who gets what will be intricately linked to the share-out of portfolios in the new European Commission, which will be strongly debated in the coming weeks.

“In the end, it will be one large package which attempts to give every member state something to boast about,” said an EU official.

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