Will the new president make a difference to Europe?

Herman Van Rompuy, the Belgian Prime Minister has been appointed EU president

And the UK’s Baroness Catherine Ashton got the second new post – Foreign Affairs Supremo. 

 The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the appointments were a “milestone for Europe and for its role in the world”.   But, the appointment of these two little-known figures has caused some to doubt that these posts will make the difference they hoped for in Europe.

This blogger says (it’s a) ‘Truly a very sad night for the EU’.    Others are still unsure what the president’s role is?

Do you think that this new President  will “strengthen” the EU as President Obama has suggested? Or will it  make no difference to Europe?

16 Responses to “Will the new president make a difference to Europe?”

  1. 1 patti in cape coral
    November 20, 2009 at 13:56

    I’m with the crowd who is unsure what the new president’s role will be. It seems impossible to determine until we see how it goes.

  2. 2 Dennis Junior
    November 20, 2009 at 14:01

    *Or will it make no difference to Europe?*

    I am honestly thinking that the New President of Europe will not
    make a lot of difference…Since, the new president is not well-known
    outside of his own country.

    =Dennis Junior=

  3. 3 Josiah Soap
    November 20, 2009 at 14:07

    Considering the people of Europe weren’t even given a choice or a vote says a lot about how they may operate in the future.
    Time will only tell what sort of “difference” these people are going to force upon us.

  4. 4 Ronald Almeida
    November 20, 2009 at 14:48

    I love Europe, whatever happens I hope it doesn’t changes too much, unless for the better. More than anything I hope it doesn’t get Americanised.

  5. 5 wintergreen
    November 20, 2009 at 14:59

    And so ends democracy in Europe.
    Unelected people decide which other unelected people will rule over us.

  6. 6 Ibrahim in UK
    November 20, 2009 at 15:09

    Don’t know anything about this new leader or what a European President is meant to do. Is this just a ceremonial role?

  7. 7 Roo
    November 20, 2009 at 16:19

    It seems that the EU, (seemly as hoped for by both Germany and France) have gone with a ‘quiet’, ‘small-country’ President in Herman Van Rompuy. Catherine Ashton is the new Foreign Minister, no, Foreign Ambassador, no, oh yes ‘High Representative’ selected in some people’s minds to placate Britain seems equally ‘quiet’ and inoffensive.

    With these selections, Europe is bound to progress through the term of the President without offending anyone at home or abroad – especially at home. This should make everyone happy except the Turks, and anyone counting on a European counterweight to US dominance politically and economically.

  8. 8 RayF
    November 20, 2009 at 17:16

    Herman and the Baroness……B movie title or the power behind Europe?

    In 2007 Belgium ran without a government for 196 days and talk of partition abounded as the Dutch and French speaking parts of Belgium descended into chaos. The politicians had proved they were egotistical nationalists and had led the country almost to collapse. Their lack of regard toward the electorate and a desire to impose their will on each other showed Europe just how united Belgium politics
    really was.
    Now the “big” European Leaders have found it acceptable to hoist this mindset on all Europeans. Could it possibly be that Germany and France wish to give Euro-knockers the ammunition they have been waiting for? After all, a much slimmer EU would be of benefit to both of them!

  9. November 20, 2009 at 18:52

    British sovereignty was given away by Gordon Brown,reducing the British Parliament to a local council,all at the stroke of a pen.I do not know if a new president will make a difference or not,let him find his teeth first.I suspect however,that what ever he does,the people will be the last to know.

    Total control Democracy
    1 0

  10. 11 wintergreen
    November 21, 2009 at 00:57

    I would like to know if British politicians are now going to take a pay cut.
    They have just handed over a large part of their responsibilities and power to the E.U. so shouldnt their pay be cut accordingly? Or could we go even further and whittle down the number of MP’s because with their reduced power it doesnt look like there will be enough work to keep them busy.
    Looks to me like they have made themselves redundant.

  11. November 21, 2009 at 14:52

    These two persons are not as they say in the USA “heavy hitters”. In fact they are not much above non-entities. Jose Manuel Barroso should have been appointed President even if it meant doing two jobs and Emma Boninno the other.

  12. 13 valken
    November 22, 2009 at 00:24

    I am very pleased to note that one can put down HIS/HER opinion here.
    Having an opinion shown here, does not free oneself from having to be correct.
    When it comes to the European institutions being not democratic, I will not contest this point.
    When it comes to the desire of countries to leave the European Union, I am more than willing to agree. And I do hope that these countries than withdraw completely, not half way but fully.
    Having said this I do suggest to Ray to read my second sentence well. Do not talk about things you should not talk about without iinforming you correctly. I do suggest you take a course in Belgian history and than voice your opinion. And do not copy as an ignorant what is printed in English newspapers.
    Finally I can offer you a suggestion why van Rompuy was choosen. Maybe he did fill in the required profile? Maybe a high profile person was not needed? Maybe a person that can listen and make a compromise was needed. On the question put above “will it make a difference”, I honestly beleive it will. It will be a difference of a not deviding kind and this in contrast to what can be found in the profiles of some other candidates for the job.
    And as i said before, I hope that Price’s score will turn to 1 for democracy when the Tories win the next election and have the United Kingdom choose to stay in or leave the EU. If they choose to leave, I hope it is completely!

  13. 14 T
    November 22, 2009 at 00:47

    Nothing personal. But one, Rompuy will ALWAYS be compared to Blair. Whether he likes it or not.

    And two, why “Foreign Affaris Supremo”? If you were a head of state, would you take someone with this title seriously?

  14. 15 scmehta
    November 22, 2009 at 08:08

    It will take very long to sustain this unity or for it to work effectively; there are bound to be lot of differences of opinion on most of the contentious issues, many of which may be particular or special to any of its constituent countries. However, unity is a great virtue, but it can work only with ethical and nondiscriminatory attitude/inputs.
    If the EU system works (I pray it so does), then certainly, it’ll prove to be a great trend setter and harbinger for inspiring the other countries and even continents to unite and cooperate to help solve most of their problems; The world will be securely and comfortably closer and happier.

  15. 16 vivienne carter
    November 22, 2009 at 19:26

    eu is one big gravty train for all these greedy parasites it costs millions and wherever did they get that stupid looking baroness from. well at least blow up blair didnt get it goodness knows what d happen if he was the president .what a laugh peace envoy of the middle east its like fred west getting a job in a childrens home whatever the eu what do they do for the average guy on the street ill tell you nothing

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