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Chinese president visits pandas in Brussels zoo

Chinese president visits pandas in Brussels zoo

March 31 (UPI) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife visited pandas in the Brussels' zoo as part of the first visit to the city by a Chinese leader in almost 40 years.
Aileen Graef
EU works to stop Russian action against Ukraine

EU works to stop Russian action against Ukraine

BRUSSELS, March 21 (UPI) -- European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Friday the European Union was obligated to stop Russia from violating Ukraine's sovereignty.

Gazprom wants dibs on Crimean natural gas

MOSCOW, March 19 (UPI) -- Russian energy company Gazprom aims to tap into the more than 50 billion cubic feet of gas available in Crimea, a deputy leader from the region said.

Hague warns Russia of 'consequences' over Ukrainian action

BRUSSELS, March 17 (UPI) -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday there will be "long-term costs and consequences" for Russia's action in Ukraine and Crimea.
Tymoshenko wants EU association agreement with Ukraine now

Tymoshenko wants EU association agreement with Ukraine now

DUBLIN, Ireland, March 7 (UPI) -- Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said Friday it was time to sign the association agreement with the European Union.

Kiev under eye of European Court of Human Rights

STRASBOURG, France, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian government is called on to submit observations into protesters' claims regarding the use of force, the European Court of Human Rights said Friday.
More talks on Cyprus set for Feb., U.N. says

More talks on Cyprus set for Feb., U.N. says

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Meetings are scheduled between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot negotiators next week, a U.N. mission for Cyprus said Friday.

EU welcomes Greek, Turkish handshakes

BRUSSELS, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Leaders from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities have shown their courage by agreeing to resume talks, top European leaders said Tuesday.
Georgia within sight of EU association

Georgia within sight of EU association

BRUSSELS, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Tuesday signing an association agreement with Georgia this year was at the top of his agenda.
Ukraine's grim vacuum

Ukraine's grim vacuum

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The verbal support given over the weekend by top United States and European officials to the embattled opposition in Ukraine has not greatly clarified the country's prospects.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Putin: Russia won't rescind loans, gas price cuts for Ukraine

BRUSSELS, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Moscow won't rescind the loans and gas price cuts it signed with Ukraine despite its change in government, Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week.
Putin snubbed at European Union summit

Putin snubbed at European Union summit

BRUSSELS, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin received a chilly reception Tuesday at a summit meeting at the European Union's Brussels headquarters.

Europe losing patience with Ukraine

BRUSSELS, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said Friday there may be some reservations with dealing with the current leadership in Ukraine.
Spain's PM Rajoy vows to block Catalonia's statehood referendum

Spain's PM Rajoy vows to block Catalonia's statehood referendum

MADRID, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Catalan party leaders reached agreement on referendum questions on whether the autonomous Spanish territory should be a state, officials said.
Daughter: Mandela surrounded by family in week before his death

Daughter: Mandela surrounded by family in week before his death

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- South Africa's Nelson Mandela had a "wonderful time" in the week before his death because the entire family was with him, a daughter said.
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Herman Achille Van Rompuy (pronounced  ( listen); born 31 October 1947) is the first long term and full time President of the European Council (until the Treaty of Lisbon, the position had rotated among the Prime Ministers of the Member States for six months each, since then they choose a President of their meetings for a 2½ year period, renewable once). A Belgian politician of the Christian Democratic and Flemish party, he served as the 49th Prime Minister of Belgium from 30 December 2008 until his predecessor (Yves Leterme) succeeded him on 25 November 2009. He has the Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold.

On 19 November 2009 Van Rompuy was elected by the members of the European Council as the first full time President of the European Council under the Treaty of Lisbon. He was appointed to chair the institution for the period starting from 1 December 2009 until 31 May 2012, though he only took up his position officially on the first of January 2010.

Born in Etterbeek, Brussels to the later Prof. em. dr. Vic Van Rompuy and Germaine Geens, he attended Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege in Brussels (until 1965), where Ancient Greek and Latin were his main subjects. During his early teens, he was an avid rock and roll fan, especially of US singer Elvis Presley whose music and personality influenced him tremendously. Later he studied at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and received a bachelor's degree in philosophy (1968) and a master's degree in applied economics (1971). He worked at the Belgian central bank from 1972 to 1975.

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