Rating agency: Italy likely in recession

Rating agency: Italy likely in recession

BERLIN, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin Friday to discuss Europe's debt crisis.
Monti to meet with EU officials next week

Monti to meet with EU officials next week

ROME, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti will travel to Brussels next week to apprise European Union leaders of his plans to pull Italy out of its debt crisis.
Italian PM Berlusconi resigns

Italian PM Berlusconi resigns

ROME, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Silvio Berlusconi, who has been prime minister of Italy longer than anyone since Benito Mussolini, fulfilled his promise to resign Saturday.
Van Rompuy says eurozone must stay intact

Van Rompuy says eurozone must stay intact

FLORENCE, Italy, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, said international treaties dictated that eurozone nations should stick together.

Euro for sale

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Welcome to the new euro, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Inc.
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At EU summit: Pressure, delays, haircuts

BRUSSELS, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The United States and China kept up the pressure on Europe this week to resolve the continent's financial crisis, despite talks in Brussels crimped by delays.

Slovakia OKs EU debt rescue plan

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Slovakia ratified the expansion of a European rescue fund, giving eurozone countries a key tool to address the debt crisis while boosting the euro.

Critical EU eurozone summit postponed

BRUSSELS, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A summit of European Union and eurozone heads of state was put off amid tension on how to create a deal to rein in the crippling debt crisis.

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European leaders seek to contain fears

PARIS, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the highest priority in Europe is stopping an uncontrolled default in Greece that would spread to other countries.
In Europe, bond market still in trouble

In Europe, bond market still in trouble

BRUSSELS, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- European Union Council President Herman Van Rompuy said he was astonished a bailout for Greece did not stop bond yields from rising in Europe.

Funding mechanism for Greece off the table

BRUSSELS, June 24 (UPI) -- A mechanism that commits all European Union members to help a member country in financial distress won't be used to bail out Greece, the EU president said.
Serbia won't accept independent Kosovo

Serbia won't accept independent Kosovo

BRUSSELS, June 7 (UPI) -- Serbian President Boris Tadic said his country will never accept an independent Kosovo.

EU leaders asked to step out to smoke

BRUSSELS, March 26 (UPI) -- The president of the European Council told colleagues during a dinner in Belgium they would have to leave the room to smoke.
EU to conduct emergency meeting on Libya

EU to conduct emergency meeting on Libya

BRUSSELS, March 2 (UPI) -- The European Union has called for an emergency summit on Libya March 11, the same day as leaders from euro currency countries meet on economic governance.
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Herman Van Rompuy
Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy of Belgium is seen in an undated official portrait. European Union (EU) leaders named the Belgian Prime Minister the "president" of the 27 member nation organization on November 20, 2009, over former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. UPI/Office of the Belgium Prime Minister

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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