About: Herman Van Rompuy

Nick Witney [Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung/Flickr]
Global Europe 18-07-2014

Hard truths about Europe’s soft power

Nick Witney is a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and was the first chief executive of the European Defense Agency.
Brook Riley, Friends of the Earth Europe
Energy 28-03-2014

Barroso and Van Rompuy shun climate action, embrace Obama’s shale gas

At their EU-US summit, European leaders warmly welcomed American gas. Under the guise of promoting energy security, leaders on both sides of the Atlantic are rooting for shale gas, a fossil fuel with comparable climate impacts to coal, writes Brook Riley.
Ewald König, editor-in-chief & publisher EURACTIV Germany
Languages & Culture 17-01-2014

Prizes for Barroso and Van Rompuy – what for?

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso received the Carlos V Europe Prize in Spain last week, while European Council President Herman Van Rompuy received the International Charlemagne Prize in Aachen, Germany. Organisations should temporarily suspend prize-giving, argues Ewald König, saying it is high time to expose celebrity award inflation.
Future EU 18-12-2012

The Council’s brazen Nobel fraud

The message of the EU Council’s Nobel Prize exhibition is a tribute to France's General de Gaulle, writes David Price who wonders: Is the Council now openly declaring it is a Bastion of Gaullism?
EU Priorities 2020 22-11-2012

Rising poverty and unemployment: Discarded priorities of the EU budget

After more than two years of campaigning for a social pillar in the EU budget, the proposals made last week are extremely disappointing and worrying, writes Pierre Baussand.
Global Europe 05-12-2011

Transatlantic relations in 2020: A tale of four futures

Deeper global currents might challenge EU-US relations in the future and history will remember transatlantic leaders not just for how they managed short-term crises but whether they effectively positioned their country and continent for the future, write Daniel Hamilton and Kurt Volker.
EU Priorities 2020 30-11-2009

Two new leaders in search of a job description

Although the EU has appointed its first permanent president of the Council and High Representative for Foreign Affairs, "the question of precisely what powers they will exercise remains largely unknown, as it is not yet clear how they will perform as individuals and in tandem," write Piotr Kaczy?ski and Peadar ó Broin of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in a November paper.

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