My first thought was, "Oh my God, how can they possibly think of giving the job to that smarmy, venal crook?"
My second thought was, "Don't be so naive: all politicians are smarmy, venal crooks. Blair has charisma, he's a natural leader. He will give Europe real clout on the world stage."
I've always supported the EU. I know the government in Brussels/Strasbourg is bureaucratic, petty, wasteful, corrupt- but those things are matters of detail. The great thing about the EU- and what it was set up to do- is that it has made the idea of war between the states of Western Europe all but unthinkable. When you consider European history- how we've continuously mauled one another since the collapse of the Roman Empire- the past half century of peace is an all but miraculous achievement.