Van Rompuy: The Consensual Guy!

Posted by Laura Heuvinck, Ireland on November 25th, 2009
Organization: Ireland
In reaction to the EurActiv article:


Regarding ‘EU elects discrete, consensual leaders‘:

Henry Kissinger asked ‘If I want to call Europe who do I call?’ After his appointment, Herman Van Rompuy replied jokingly that he awaits the first phone call.

In Belgium, Van Rompuy was seen as the consolidating force bringing the country out of its political impasse. His role in leading the European Union through its own identity crisis should not be underestimated. With the financial crisis, the effects of globalisation are more exposed than ever, we need an EU leader to move us past national selfishness to a European vision, which will unite various EU mindsets.

Whilst Van Rompuy appears to be ideal in this post, his emphasis on Europe’s Christian heritage excludes many of our fellow Europeans, whether they be Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox or third-generation Muslim immigrants. He needs to be more diplomatic in harmonising Europe and remain open-minded even when he is a staunch opponent of Turkish membership to the EU.

Laura Heuvinck


2 Responses to Van Rompuy: The Consensual Guy! »»

  1. Comment by Luca | 2009/11/25 at 17:01:56

    Dear Laura,

    Just a note: Greek and Russian Orthodox Europeans are of course Christians.

  2. Comment by Paul Giles | 2009/11/25 at 21:12:45

    How exactly does ‘his emphasis on Europe’s christian heritage’, exclude the Greek or Russian Orthodox? Have I been misinformed about the fact that they are also Christians?

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