The Staggers 29 October 2012 Blair calls for directly-elected EU president Who could he possibly have in mind? Print HTML While Labour wins attention with its call for the EU budget to be cut in real-terms, Tony Blair has emerged to offer his thoughts on the union's future. You can read his speech to the Berlin-based Council for the Future of Europe in full here, but the most notable passage concerns the need for a directly-elected EU president. Blair said: A Europe wide election for the Presidency of the Commission or Council is the most direct way to involve the public. An election for a big post held by one person – this people can understand. One is forced to ask, which "one person" could he possibly have in mind? › Reviews Round-Up Tony Blair called for "A Europe wide election" for an EU president. Photograph: Getty Images. George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles Ken Livingstone says publicly what many are saying privately: tomorrow belongs to John McDonnell The changing world of work Beyond terror: how are the Paris attack survivors healing their “invisible wounds”?