Saturday, July 02, 2005
But can Blair do better this time?
The UK assumed the rotating presidency of the European Union yesterday, and Andrew Grice and Stephen Castle of the Independent recall the Labor Party's performance during their first turn at the bat—
Elected by landslide in 1997, New Labour assumed it could teach the EU a thing or two. But even before the presidency began the UK had caused a diplomatic incident with, of all things, its choice of logo. Pictures drawn by children represented each member state and Italy was a pizza and a slice of salami. Rome formally complained.