Herman! It's me, it's Cathy, I've come home, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh, let me in at your position of Europe's first High Representative for Foreign Affairs.
November 20, 2009 12:34 AM Subscribe
Europe finally has a president.
posted by creeky (91 comments total)
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And a foreign policy chief.
As predicted, the little-known Flemish Christian Democrat Herman Van Rompuy
, in case you were wondering) took the presidency, thanks to backing from Sarko and Merkel
. Baroness Ashton, another relative unknown
was chosen for the post of High Representative for Foreign Affairs
, to provide a centre-left counterpoint to the centre-right President, when Merkel balked at the alternative, (an Italian ex-communist
who has expressed pro-Palestine leanings). So following the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty
which paved the way for these appointments, Europe has chosen low-profile
, quietly diligent
and relatively inexperienced leaders, over the more controversial alternative
. It doesn't look good for Turkey's chances of joining the EU
, at least.