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Over 350 mainly young people gave European President Hermann van Rompuy an enthusiastic reception, at an event organized today by the European Movement, and held at The Bavarian Representation to the EU.

He spoke for just 15 minutes on “After the LisbonTreaty – what can citizens expect? Moving from design to delivery”, and answered questions for 30 minutes or so.

The President showed all the qualities needed to lead the European Council: a full grasp of the issues, clarity of expression, diplomacy and an absence of grandstanding, quiet confidence and authority, and a sense of humour.

He answered all questions directly and comprehensively. It was a pleasure to listen to him.

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  1. Stanley,

    I reached a similar conclusion based on Van Rompuy’s appearance at the press conference after the first task force meeting on economic governance.


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