Blair loses E. U. Allies


"But in the coffee shops of Budapest's old town, observers said it was "too late". Mr Blair had badly eroded the goodwill earned by Britain as a champion of EU enlargement.

They said he had failed to confront President Jacques Chirac of France, who has demanded that the CAP be left untouched until the end of the next EU budget cycle in 2013. Oszkár Füzes, the political analyst for Népszabadság, Hungary's biggest newspaper, said the time for concessions from Mr Blair had passed."