EU leaders face flak as new president keeps low profile

Paul Harrington, AFP, 19.11.2009

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Incoming EU president Herman Van Rompuy kept a low profile as the 27-nation bloc's leaders faced flak for picking him and a little-known British peer to lead a revamped Europe on the world stage. [...]

While many observers said Van Rompuy and Ashton may turn out to be excellent choices, few expected them to hit the ground running, particularly in places like the Middle East where building trust is key.

"There's a gap that is going to be filled by the big member states," said Janis Emmanoulidis of the European Policy Centre. [...]

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