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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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SPECULATION was growing last night that Tony Blair, the former prime minister, will shortly be installed as the first president of Europe, with an expected Yes vote in the second Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

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Tories will block ‘President Blair’

The Tories have issued a warning to European leaders not to appoint Tony Blair as the first EU president.

The former prime minister has re-emerged as a potential candidate following reports he has won the backing of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, while German chancellor Angela Merkel has eased her opposition.

But shadow foreign secretary William Hague said the Conservatives were prepared to lobby European capitals in an effort to block the appointment.

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German chancellor Angela Merkel fury at Cameron ‘hostility to EU’ as she downgrades ties with Tories

David Cameron is at loggerheads with German politicians over his ‘hostile’ stance on Europe.

They were devastated by the Tory leader’s threat to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, which was masterminded in Berlin.

Chancellor Angela Merkel was also angered by Mr Cameron’s decision to remove Conservative MEPs from the federalist European People’s Party group in Brussels.

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