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The EU now has a President and a “Foreign Minister”

November 19, 2009

The EU’s 27 member states held a summit today, naming the Belgium Prime Minister Herman van Rompuy the EU’s first permanent President, while Baroness Catherine Ashton from the UK is the EU’s first foreign policy chief. Both positions were created when the Lisbon Treaty ratification was completed earlier this month. Apparently the member states tried a complicated balancing act to accommodate everyone’s concerns by choosing a center-right politician from a small strongly pro-EU country as President and a center-left woman from a large, often Eurosceptic, country. The question now arises if this balancing act will help the Lisbon Treaty reform and strengthen the EU or if it will remain more as politics as usual.

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  1. November 20, 2009 11:10 am

    Sadly, the NYT has taken a “sore loser” stance on Van Rompuy’s selection, as has Gordon Brown–even downplaying the position to one of mere ceremony (see

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