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Van Rompuy confirms intention to seek second term as European Council President

Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Herman Van Rompuy (Photo: Novinite)
Herman Van Rompuy, the former Belgian Prime Minister chosen by European leaders to become the EU’s first President of the European Council back in December 2010, has said he will seek a second two-and-a-half-year term in the role when his current mandate expires in May 2012.

His post, chairing the regular summit meetings of the 27 European leaders, was created when the Lisbon Treaty finally came into force and it was widely anticipated that he would seek a second term. Now, in an interview on Belgian radio VRT he confirmed his intentions, saying: “if I dare to dream about a second term, it is because the work is not yet done. I must not do it for my own glory.

While other names have been linked with this position (inc. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Blair…) it is expected Mr Van Rompuy, an economist and keen haiku writer, will be given the nod by his fellow leaders to remain until January 2015. Since the EU is in dire need of stability and leadership at the top during this current moment of crisis, perhaps Mr Van Rompuy’s continuation wouldn’t be such a bad thing after all.



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