Europe 29 October 2012 Blair calls for directly-elected EU president Who could he possibly have in mind? Sign up for our weekly email * 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 Fake news sells because people want it to be true Who is set to win the Syrian civil war? When Theresa May speaks, why don't we listen?