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ANOTHER CANDIDATE FOR COUNCIL PRESIDENCY.

One more name has appeared on the list of potential candidates to the permanent presidency of the European Council: that of the Belgian Prime MinisteraHerman Van Rompuy. According to the Belgian and British press, although his name might not provoke an enthusiastic consensus, it could be relatively palatable across the board. This Flemish Christian-Democrat, age 62, who is considered to be more of a straightforward manager than a real leader of the EU, could be a good fit for the position if it is finally given less power than the high representative for foreign affairs, a position which could go to the young British Foreign Minister, David Milliband. The other challengers for the president's job are the Dutch head of government, Jan Peter Balkenende, his counterpart from Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, the former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel, the former Lithuanian pPresident Vaira Vike-Freiberga and the former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt (see Europolitics 3851).

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Title Annotation:European Council; Herman Van Rompuy, Jean-Claude Juncker and Jan Peter Balkenende
Publication:European Report
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4E
Date:Nov 3, 2009
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