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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

As euro crisis continues, Van Rompuy looks set to get 2nd term as European Council president


BRUSSELS — Herman Van Rompuy, who has attempted to guide the European Union through severe financial turmoil, will likely be reappointed president of the European Council at a meeting of the bloc’s leaders next week, an EU official said Wednesday.

Van Rompuy

Though Van Rompuy had served briefly as prime minister of Belgium, he was virtually unknown on the world stage when he was appointed the council’s first president in 2009. Van Rompuy was initially seen as an indication that EU presidents and prime ministers had opted for a clerk rather than risk being overshadowed by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

But Van Rompuy, 64, has become regarded as a skillful manager of negotiations among the national leaders — a quality essential in an institution where unanimity among the 27 heads of government is required for most major decisions.



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