|Portion of title
||Seeking the European Union's First Head of State
||Introduction (1:58) -- France Versus Germany (2:24) -- Desire for Change (1:28) -- Europe's Irrelevance (1:00) -- Europe's First President (1:43) -- Reform Proposal (2:06) -- Challenges to Reform (2:35) -- Lopsided Negotiations (2:05) -- Blair Seeks Presidency (2:07) -- Negotiating Expansion (2:44) -- German-Polish Negotiations (3:27) -- Choosing a President (1:50) -- Division Over Iraq (1:56) -- Italy Versus Germany (2:08) -- President's Role (2:00) -- France and Germany Block Deal (2:01) -- Berlusconi's Reaction (2:40) -- Personal Relations (1:23) -- Referendum (1:54) -- Blair Backs Down (2:05) -- Treaty Dies (2:00) -- Opposition to Blair (2:04) -- Seeking Compromise Candidate (1:59) -- Lisbon Treaty (2:09) -- Drafted Candidate (2:39) -- Disappointment (2:46) -- Credits: The President: Seeking the European Union's First Head of State (1:07)
||In 2001, with ten more member states about to join the European Union, the E.U. was looking for symbolic unity and a stronger presence on the world stage. The E.U. had been led by a series of officers each serving for a scant six months, and many felt the time was right for a long-term chief-thus launching a massive power play as heads of state jockeyed to shoehorn national interest in with political compromise. This program goes behind the scenes of the historic eight-year struggle to choose a first-ever E.U. president, an effort that fell somewhat short of the mark. On-location footage captures Tony Blair, Silvio Berlusconi, Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Schroeder, and other key figures during tense negotiations in meeting rooms, corridors, and private conversations.
|General note||Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on December 24, 2011.|
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|Interest grade level
||12 and up.
|Technical details||Mode of access: Internet.|
|Technical details||System requirements: FOD playback platform.|
|Language||Portions in other languages with English subtitles.|
|Source of description||Title from distributor's description.|
|Issued in other form||Originally produced: DR TV (Television station : Copenhagen, Denmark), 2011.|
|Publisher number||44874 Films Media Group|