Martin Banks and Melissa Kite
London Telegraph 
Sunday, Oct 25th, 2009
Tony Blair’s hopes of becoming the first president of the European Union have been dealt a potentially fatal blow by Poland.
The Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, has submitted a report to the European Commission saying his country will not support a high profile candidate who has ambitions to enlarge the role.
The move is a significant setback for the former Labour prime minister who has been privately courting supporters for his candidacy for the role, which is to be created under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty.
Poland is the largest of the former eastern European states whose membership of the EU was championed by Mr Blair when first in office, and all had been expected to back his candidacy.