Van Rompuy due to be re-elected as president

Gaspard Sebag, Europolitics, 01.03.2012

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The mandate of European Council President Herman Van Rompuy was due to be extended for two and a half years by EU leaders at the first day of their summit, on 1 March. No alternative candidates have come to the fore and no blocking minority has been formed against the former Belgian prime minister. […]

“The main achievement is that he has provided continuity in times of severe crisis,” European Policy Centre (EPC) analyst Janis Emmanouilidis told Europolitics. Under the Nice Treaty arrangement, there would have been five different presidents at the helm. Emmanouilidis adds that Van Rompuy’s crisis management has been “quite efficient," in large part due to his ability to forge compromises between member states. Emmanouilidis expects to “see more of what we have seen in the past with perhaps a higher level of assertiveness,” considering that he cannot be reelected again. 

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