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EU chooses Herman Van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton

Thursday, 19 November 2009
So here they are: our new President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy - current Belgian Prime Minister, and our new European Foreign Affairs Representative, the Brit Baroness Catherine Ashton.

Herman van Rompuy (left) and Baroness Ashton (right)While the appointment of Van Rompuy was somewhat expected as he was the frontrunner and overall favourite for the position, the naming of Baroness Ashton has certainly raised a few eyebrows.

She is Britain's current Commissioner, having taken over the role from Lord Mandelson in October 2008, and will relinquish her role as Trade Commissioner.

Her appointment comes as a surprise, namely because her name had never been mentioned for this job largely because she has next to no experience at all in the domain of Foreign Policy. But she is a women which as I explained with my (now wrong) prediction of the EU appointing a women as President in the name of gender equality...

I guess her appointment is basically to bring the UK-American "special relationship" to the table... which is one reason why I (again wrongly) predicted that the position would go to David Miliband.

Nonetheless, here are your two new European figureheads for at least the next two-and-a-half years...

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