Tony Blair http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27489/all en UK's Blair feels "huge stab of anxiety" about EU referendum http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/uks-blair-feels-huge-stab-anxiety-about-eu-referendum <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Britain's pro-EU former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday he felt a "huge stab of anxiety" about the prospect of an in/out referendum on the European Union.</p> <p>His Conservative successor David Cameron has pledged to give Britons a referendum choice on whether to stay in the EU if he wins an election in 2015.</p> <p>Speaking from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Blair told Sky TV that Britain's eventual exit from the EU was now on the agenda.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/uks-blair-feels-huge-stab-anxiety-about-eu-referendum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Politics Politics of Europe Tony Blair Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:45:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738316 at http://www.globalpost.com Decade on, Blair adamant Iraq invasion was right http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130317/decade-blair-adamant-iraq-invasion-was-right <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Tony Blair formed an unlikely alliance with George W. Bush to send British forces into Iraq, and 10 years on, the former prime minister is adamant he took the right decision.</p> <p>The Labour premier and the Republican US president were both convinced of the need to act against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and his alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD).</p> <p>However, these weapons never materialised and although Saddam was ousted within weeks of the March 2003 invasion, Iraq soon descended into chaos at the hands of insurgents and militia groups.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130317/decade-blair-adamant-iraq-invasion-was-right" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Iraq War Iraq–United States relations Politics Presidency of George W. Bush Tony Blair War AFP Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:31:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5785865 at http://www.globalpost.com Tony Blair publicly faults Labour party successor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130411/tony-blair-publicly-faults-labour-party-successor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Andrew Osborn</p> <p>LONDON (Reuters) - Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Thursday the Labour party he led to three election victories was in danger of becoming a protest movement without electable policies - his boldest foray into British politics since resigning.</p> <p>In an article that prompted Labour leader Ed Miliband to defend his own leadership, Blair suggested the left-leaning party looked like it was offering austerity-hit voters sympathy but few specific remedies before a 2015 general election.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130411/tony-blair-publicly-faults-labour-party-successor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Government of the United Kingdom Labour Party Politics of the United Kingdom Tony Blair Thomson Reuters Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:46:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5811676 at http://www.globalpost.com British Labour leader shrugs off Blair criticism http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130411/british-labour-leader-shrugs-blair-criticism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Britain's opposition leader Ed Miliband on Thursday hit back at former Labour prime minister Tony Blair's criticism that the party was heading in the wrong direction.</p> <p>Miliband said that he respected Blair, who won three general elections and led the country for 10 years, but disagreed with his appraisal, saying Labour was "moving on and moving forward".</p> <p>The party leader was responding to an article Blair wrote for the New Statesman magazine.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130411/british-labour-leader-shrugs-blair-criticism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> British people Business Government of the United Kingdom Politics of the United Kingdom Tony Blair AFP Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:48:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5812617 at http://www.globalpost.com Egypt army's Morsi ouster was justified, says Blair http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130707/egypt-armys-morsi-ouster-was-justified-says-blair <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Egypt's army had no choice but to overthrow Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, former British prime minister Tony Blair said on Sunday.</p> <p>Writing in the Observer newspaper, Blair, who acts as Middle East envoy for the United States, Russia, the EU and the UN, said the army's only alternative would have been to let Egypt descend into chaos.</p> <p>"The events that led to the Egyptian army's removal of President Mohamed Morsi confronted the military with a simple choice: intervention or chaos," wrote Blair, who led Britain for a decade from 1997.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130707/egypt-armys-morsi-ouster-was-justified-says-blair" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egyptians Tony Blair AFP Sun, 07 Jul 2013 12:01:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5877608 at http://www.globalpost.com Fight for religious freedom, tolerance 'central battle' in Middle East: Blair http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131023/fight-religious-freedom-tolerance-central-battle-middle-east <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - Former British prime minister Tony Blair gave his personal blessing Wednesday to two controversial pillars of the Harper's government's foreign policy — a new religious freedom office and its handling of the Middle East.</p> <p>Blair lauded the government for setting up an Office of Religious Freedom in the Foreign Affairs Department — a decision that has exposed the government to criticism from rights groups and political opponents.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131023/fight-religious-freedom-tolerance-central-battle-middle-east" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Palestinian nationalism Sedgefield Technology Tony Blair Tony Blair The Canadian Press Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:20:00 +0000 The Canadian Press 5968730 at http://www.globalpost.com West should work with Russia against radical Islam http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/west-should-work-russia-against-radical-islam <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Western leaders should set aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the growing threat of Islamic extremism, former British prime minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday.</p> <p>In a speech in London, the Middle East envoy said the spread of extremist ideology in that region as well as in Pakistan, Afghanistan and North Africa "represents the biggest threat to global security of the 21st century".</p> <p>"On this issue, whatever our other differences, we should be prepared to reach out and cooperate with the East, and in particular, Russia and China," Blair said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/west-should-work-russia-against-radical-islam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Assad family Sedgefield Tony Blair Tony Blair War AFP Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:32:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6128218 at http://www.globalpost.com West should work with Russia against radical Islam http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/west-should-work-russia-against-radical-islam-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Western leaders should set aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the growing threat of Islamic extremism, former British prime minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday.</p> <p>In a speech in London, the Middle East envoy said the spread of extremist ideology in that region as well as in Pakistan, Afghanistan and North Africa "represents the biggest threat to global security of the 21st century".</p> <p>"On this issue, whatever our other differences, we should be prepared to reach out and cooperate with the East, and in particular, Russia and China," Blair said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/west-should-work-russia-against-radical-islam-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Assad family Sedgefield Tony Blair Tony Blair War AFP Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:32:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6128219 at http://www.globalpost.com Britain's Iraq inquiry to see parts of Blair-Bush letters http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140529/britains-iraq-inquiry-see-parts-blair-bush-letters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Britain's government agreed on Thursday to give extracts of letters from Tony Blair to George W. Bush to an inquiry into the Iraq war, overcoming the main hurdle to publication of the long-awaited report.</p> <p>The probe will receive "gists and quotes" of communications from former prime minister Blair to ex-president Bush in the run-up to the conflict in 2003, inquiry chief John Chilcot said in an official letter.</p> <p>But Bush's replies will not be included in the report, which is examining Britain's involvement in the war, Chilcot said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140529/britains-iraq-inquiry-see-parts-blair-bush-letters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> George W. Bush Government of the United Kingdom Iraq Inquiry Politics Tony Blair AFP Thu, 29 May 2014 17:53:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6161468 at http://www.globalpost.com UK Iraq war inquiry 'unblocked' after deal on Blair/Bush letters http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140529/uk-iraq-war-inquiry-unblocked-after-deal-blairbush-letters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Andrew Osborn</p> <p>LONDON (Reuters) - The long-delayed results of Britain's inquiry into the Iraq War came a step closer to publication on Thursday after a deal was reached on how to use notes and phone call records between then prime minister Tony Blair and U.S. president George W. Bush. </p> <p>The investigation, called the Chilcot Inquiry, was set up by former prime minister Gordon Brown to learn lessons from the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and its aftermath. It started its work in 2009.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140529/uk-iraq-war-inquiry-unblocked-after-deal-blairbush-letters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Political scandals in the United Kingdom Politics Tony Blair War Thomson Reuters Thu, 29 May 2014 19:37:59 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6161514 at http://www.globalpost.com Blair denies Iraq violence result of 2003 invasion http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140614/blair-denies-iraq-violence-result-2003-invasion <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Tony Blair hit out on Sunday at critics who linked the 2003 invasion of Iraq with the current violence in the country, blaming instead the West's failure to act in Syria.</p> <p>The former prime minister, who led Britain into the US-led war to remove Saddam Hussein and is now a diplomatic envoy in the Middle East, also criticised the sectarianism of the government in Baghdad.</p> <p>In a long article published on his website, Blair said arguments that there would be no crisis in the region if the Iraqi dictator had remained in power were "bizarre".</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140614/blair-denies-iraq-violence-result-2003-invasion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Levant Politics Technology Tony Blair War AFP Sun, 15 Jun 2014 02:35:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6176889 at http://www.globalpost.com