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BTW, what's this about the van Rompuy candidacy? I found this only in lists of Bliar rivals in British media articles. But all the more detailed articles name predecessor Verhofstadt as the expected Belgian candidate.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 6th, 2009 at 04:34:47 AM EST
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You know, I think the fact that Belgium will hold the rotating Presidency in the second half of 2010 disqualifies any Belgian for the President role...

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 6th, 2009 at 04:49:46 AM EST
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Well, if that disqualifies, let's look ahead five years -- so we can't have anyone from Greece, Lithuania, Ireland, Cyprus, Denmark, Hungary either.

But, looking back, in the second half of 2007, we had Council and Commission Presidency for Portugal; and in the first half of 2007, Council and EP Presidency from Germany.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Nov 6th, 2009 at 05:55:01 AM EST
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At this point my money is on Balkenende or Juncker.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 6th, 2009 at 06:32:42 AM EST
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Ah, I missed this. Would be nice -- better than Balkenende. (Now if only Barroso would resign and Juncker would replace him...)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 6th, 2009 at 07:19:45 AM EST
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