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Old 11-19-2009, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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I guess it was more a matter of nomination than election.

EU leaders have chosen the Belgian Prime Minister, Herman van Rompuy, to be the first permanent European Council President, diplomats say.

BBC News - Belgian PM Van Rompuy is named as new EU president

I could have sworn Tony Blair would have won, but apparently the Brits pulled him.
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Saturn
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EU leaders have chosen the Belgian Prime Minister, Herman van Rompuy, to be the first permanent European Council President, diplomats say.

BBC News - Belgian PM Van Rompuy is named as new EU president

I could have sworn Tony Blair would have won, but apparently the Brits pulled him.

Bliar never stood a chance.

He's up to his neck in filth due to Iraq.

Good decision to elect these two people : competent politicians.

God Bless Europe.
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:05 PM
 
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Wheeeee....a new day for the EU. Is it a leprechaun?
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:08 PM
 
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The EU Commission President has more power than the EU President.

In effect these two people are figure heads.


The good news is that the Treaty of Lisbon is now in being rolled out.

Good day for Europe.
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:12 PM
 
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The EU Commission President has more power than the EU President.

In effect these two people are figure heads.


The good news is that the Treaty of Lisbon is now in being rolled out.

Good day for Europe.

The Lisbon Treaty Q&A:

BBC NEWS | Europe | Q&A: The Lisbon Treaty

How similar is Lisbon to the draft constitution?

It contains many of the changes the constitution attempted to introduce, for example:
  • A politician chosen to be president of the European Council for two-and-a-half years, replacing the current system where countries take turns at being president for six months.
  • A new post - called High Representative - combining the jobs of the existing foreign affairs supremo, Javier Solana, and the external affairs commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, to give the EU more influence on the world stage.
  • A smaller European Commission, with fewer commissioners than there are member states, from 2014.
  • A redistribution of voting weights between the member states, phased in between 2014 and 2017 - qualified majority voting based on a "double majority" of 55% of member states, accounting for 65% of the EU's population.
  • New powers for the European Commission, European Parliament and European Court of Justice, for example in the field of justice and home affairs.
  • The parliament will be on an equal footing with the Council - the grouping of member states' governments - for most legislation, including the budget and agriculture. This is called "co-decision".
  • Removal of national vetoes in a number of areas, including fighting climate change, energy security and emergency aid. Unanimity will still be required in the areas of tax, foreign policy, defence and social security.
Most European leaders acknowledge that the treaty preserves the main substance of the constitution.


I'd worry about the last part if I lived there.
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:47 PM
 
Location: between Ath,GR & Mia,FL...
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The new EU Prez,known by...nobody,has written a poem about...winds & hair.

Something like, "the wind is on but the hair is lost"...

We 're gonna have fun with that little clown...

Euro politicians,all socialists by American standards,are like cartoon figures...
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:49 PM
 
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The new EU Prez,known by...nobody,has written a poem about...winds & hair.

Something like, "the wind is on but the hair is lost"...

We 're gonna have fun with that little clown...

Euro politicians,all socialists by American standards,are like cartoon figures...
Naw.

More enlightened.


Amigo.
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Old 11-19-2009, 03:44 PM
 
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Hard not to be.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:26 AM
 
Location: between Ath,GR & Mia,FL...
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One of the most,if not the most ridiculous effort in world politics today,
is the futile effort to merge 27 nations in 1 entity...
Like cross breeding 27 animals to produce...1 offspring.
Everybody imagines the...monstrosity of such a creature...
However,we will have some fun,watching their leaders with their...poems...

Roses are red
violets are blue...
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