'All Change' At The Top In Brussels In 2014

Rikard Jozwiak, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 01.01.2014

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The new year will see a changing of the guard in Brussels, with top posts at NATO and the major European institutions changing hands. [...]

EU Council President

This post was created by the Lisbon Treaty to give the European Council its first full-time president, serving up to two consecutive 2 1/2-year terms. The job is likely to go to a consensus-builder in the mold of current President Herman Van Rompuy, who was chosen by the council five years ago and who steps down on November 30.

A likely candidate would be someone who doesn't take away the limelight from national leaders. "What do member states' governments want? We have seen in the past they have been tempted in the end and also took decisions not to take the potential strongest candidates, but look for candidates which are able to strike compromises, candidates which they are able to influence, especially from the key member states," says Janis Emmanouilidis from the EPC think tank. [...]

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