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Mixed reviews for German call to elect EU prez

By DON MELVIN

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is often derided for being run by faceless bureaucrats. Germany’s governing party thinks it has a solution: a direct vote to pick the face that runs the union.

The call this week by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party for a continentwide election for the president of the European Commission — the EU’s executive branch — met with praise and scorn, with some saying it will rally people in a time of crisis and others sneering at the very idea of a more democratic EU.

“We want the European Union to get a face,” the Christian Democratic Union said in a resolution. “Therefore the president of the European Commission should in the future be directly elected by all of the Union’s citizens.”

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