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Blair out of race to be EU president

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European leaders are gathering in Brussels in an effort to overcome political differences and unite behind a single candidate for the EU's first ever president.

Former British prime minister Tony Blair has dropped out of the race to be president , the current front runner is said to be Belgium's Prime Minister, Herman Van Rompuy.

Gavin Hewitt reports.

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