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Rompuy romps it

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:20 pm
by gille
EUROPE'S obscure new President Herman Van Rompuy was celebrating his £320,000-a-year job last night - together with Baroness Ashton, the equally little-known British peer named as EU foreign minister.

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/ne ... z0XPvpj8KL

Re: Rompuy romps it

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:01 pm
by Dakkus
What makes you think the job is that obscure, gille?

Re: Rompuy romps it

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:43 pm
by gille
It's the title of the article. :wink:

Europe has a president! :D

Re: Rompuy romps it

Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:09 pm
by tabbs
gille wrote:It's the title of the article. :wink:

Europe has a president! :D
You don't seriously expect the "Sun" to write anything about the EU that is not cynical or critical, do you? :mrgreen:

Christian

Re: Rompuy romps it

Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 12:34 am
by ART
:?

Excuse... but which "information" we would have to obtain from the toilet-paper of Murdoch? If you have linked this article to have fun in company the correct section is Off-topic, not Europe.

Re: Rompuy romps it

Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:01 pm
by gille
The article is changed... :?

Re: Rompuy romps it

Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:16 pm
by tabbs
Guess that most of us are skeptical when it comes to how much Herman Van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton will be able to achieve. After all, their "job descriptions" are kind of vague, and the governments of the single member states are quite obviously not willing to transfer any actual competences to the two.

So first I was somewhat annoyed when I read (two years ago or so, don't remember) that not only we are not allowed "qua treaty" to have a flag or an anthem, but that we cannot even have a Foreign Minister by that name. Now I believe that the somewhat hollow title of a High Representative which the UK insisted on probably reflects the job much better.

Ah well, we will see. Van Rompuy has apparently not done a bad job at getting various Flemish and Walloon parties to work together in the Belgian federal government. And that could help him in his new job. Ashton I don't know much about, but what I have read about yesterday's "exchange of views" with her at the EP's Committee on Foreign Affairs was somewhat encouraging. Of course that does not mean much if the "regional" governments block and outmaneuver her later ...

Christian