Well, according to some Irish media (the Indo yesterday was prominent) Mary Robinson is on the short-list.
As she hasn’t a hope in hell, this cannot be a serious piece of news.
The EU is predominantly a trade-related political and economic conglomerate. Mary Robinson is a Mother Teresa-type figure who is into human rights rather than trade.
You can just imagine the relationship between China and the EU if Mary was the figurehead? They hated her guts when she was with the UN.
I looked up Paddy Power this morning but they don’t seem to be offering odds on her chances. However, I wouldn’t be backing her, I’d be looking to lay her. Now that’s an unfortunate turn of phrase.
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