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- Blair to host London leg of pan-European celebrations
IT'S PARTY time for Tony Blair today as the Prime Minister hosts a celebratory event for the new entrants to the EU.
On Saturday, 1st of May, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia join the European Union. Blair's shindig is the first of many events to be held across Europe in the coming days, the centrepiece being a get-together for leaders of all the EU's 25 countries, new and old, at Dublin on the weekend.
As part of the London leg of the celebrations, Blair has invited a variety of showbiz stars to give the historic moment some colour. Roger Waters, the former Pink Floyd front man, has composed a song for the occasion.
The idea of the events is partly to emphasise the positive aspects of European enlargement, a political process that has seen its fair share of
problems in recent months as fears of immigration have been stoked by some British politicians and newspapers. Blair announced earlier this week that people moving from the new countries to Britain would only be entitled to social housing if they found a job first.