Friday, November 20, 2009

This is interesting...

I'm not sure how else to categorize this article, other than just that: Interesting....

I've been quick to jump on the bandwagon that the two top posts "selected" to lead the EU are uninteresting. At least from a prophecy perspective. Perhaps I spoke too soon (?).

As more information starts to come out, it seems that Mr Van Rompuy could be more than the introverted academic type that has been portrayed. We see a new article from the Telegraph which describes another aspect to his personality:

"Herman Van Rompay: quirky exterior conceals sharp operator". Quotes:

"During his candidacy, he was portrayed as the perfect conciliator with valuable experience as Belgium's Prime Minister of bridging the divide between the warring Flemish and Walloon communities and holding his country together."

"In reality, and behind his harmless, eccentric and literary persona, Mr Van Rompuy, 62, is a sharp political operator who is not above using dirty tricks to stymie his opponents."

"Europe's leaders may find to their cost that the man they chose to chair their EU summits possesses dark arts that will be turned against anyone, such as an incoming Conservative prime minister, who challenges the Brussels consensus."

"His skill as camouflaging himself as essentially harmless disarmed Gordon Brown who dropped British concerns over his federalist politics to allow him into the EU President post."

"Mr Van Rompuy is a supporter of the creation of an EU federal state, with its own anthem, flag and with powers to collect taxes on car fuel or financial transactions from Europe's citizens."

"Even in his native Belgium, Mr Van regarded as something of an enigma."

Maybe this appointment is more interesting than originally thought.

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