Skip to comments.Tony Blair: the EU needs a president
Posted on 10/30/2012 12:39:05 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Tony Blair has said the EU would be better off with a directly elected president, as he warned deep political rifts between countries could lead to a break-up.
In a move interpreted by some as a job application, the former prime minister said the EU could do with a strong leader approved by the people.
Europes millions of residents might feel alienated unless they have a direct say in who is governing them, Mr. Blair told the Nicolas Berggruen Institute on Governance.
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I can’t think of any one who would want to run for it... and European national leaders don’t any one more powerful than them.
It will go nowhere.
We can send Obayma right over!
The EU wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without national leaders in the pocket of the elite movers of this so-called “peace project”. But one thing is for sure, that they will never go for an elected presidentthey want another appointed leader with more power than any other individual on the continent ever possessed, which is what the whole “super-president” and “super-commissioner” talk of late was about.
The Euroweenies will offer it to him after he loses. $10 bet. Then Blair will throw a hissy fit.
They can have Obama. He’ll be looking for a job soon enough.
I don’t think they want a black man running their empire. They would prefer him as their “useful idiot” (in the Leninist sense) running the USA, into the ground as it were.
Send him to Cuba or somewhere. We have enough egomanical idiots as it is.
This would be a president not elected by the people but appointed by beaurocrats.
Go away Tony.
And take the Reich with you.
Ironically, who is the most populous nation of Europe?
Mr. Blair would have been hanged in any other period of UK/English history.
The chances of the Eurocrats appointing anyone with British blood to that position are equivalent to the chances the Cardinals appointing an American Pope. Ain’t gonna happen.
Also, there is no chance a German would get elected in an open election -- nor a Frenchman. Rather a small country man like from Belgium or other places
The EU has had Presidents of the European council
Maggie Thatcher (1981 and then 1986), John Major (1992), Tony Blair (1998 and 2005)
And the UK has been President of the Council of the EU a few times: 1981, 1986, 1992, 1998 etc
The European Commission, in my understanding, is slowly taking over the legislative functions (they now originate all bills the legislature votes on) and executive functions. The EU is losing its democracy. If true, then the “President” is closer to a dictator, and probably appointed instead of elected.
stranger elections have happened — who would have thought that Karol Wojtyla would become Pope in 1979? A Polish Pope? unthinkable. But it happened.
it doesn’t need a president, it needs to go away
and in its placed Europe needs nothing more or less than an absolute free trade agreement - not a currency agreement, not a tax agreement, not a fiscal agreement, not a central bank agreement, not a mutual debtors fund agreement - just an agreement that between all partners there are no tariffs or trade restrictions or labor restrictions for their CITIZENS, in either direction
economics will take care of economic productivity, including labor and business telling - with their feet - the worst governments in Europe to reform themselves into less socialistic more private capital friendly goverments
Empires don’t just go away, though. The only thing that weakens them is wars. And this empire is still on the way up.
Hey, here is an idea from Blair, let us give this monstrosity some electoral legitimacy, that’ll fix everything.
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