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Herman Van Rompuy beats counterpart Barroso (in joining Twitter anyway)

Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Ever since the protracted coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty last December, the then-newly created President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy and the pre-existing President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso have been vying for influence and recognition as the main figurehead of the European Union.

Today, it seems the Belgian van Rompuy has for now beat his Portugese rival into second place, by becoming the first of the two to join the social networking site Twitter.

Maintained and updated by his media team, the Herman van Rompuy twitter stream @euHvR will "tweet the latest videos, photos & statements, and cover live his (press) conferences".

There had been a "José Barroso" on Twitter under the moniker of @JMDBarroso but it seems as though it was not the Commission President and the account was consequently suspended in June.

Currently only SIX of the 27 Commissioners are using Twitter.

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