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  1. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    EU urges Vietnam to step up human rights reform

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 08:32pm by Agence France-Presse in Hanoi

    ... Council President Herman Van Rompuy said in a press briefing with Vietnam’s leader Truong Tan Sang in Hanoi. The normally uncontroversial Belgian added that he still retained faith in the “future ... On Tuesday, New York-based Human Rights Watch urged Van Rompuy publicly to press Vietnam to release all political prisoners and detainees during his three-day visit to the tightly-controlled county. ...

  2. News - World - EUROPEAN UNION

    EU budget summit ends with no agreement

    Posted Nov 24th 2012, 12:51am by Agence France-Presse in Brussels

    ... Agence France-Presse in Brussels European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Friday that a European Union budget deal was within reach for early next year after a two-day summit ... year," Van Rompuy said, playing down the fact that the summit had ended without agreement on a budget for 2014-20. "We should be able to bridge existing divergences of views. A European  ...

  3. News - World - NORWAY

    European Union receives Nobel Peace Prize

    Posted Dec 10th 2012, 09:18pm by Associated Press in Oslo

    ... Associated Press in Oslo The European Union has received this year’s Nobel Peace Prize in the Norwegian capital for promoting peace and human rights in Europe for six decades following the devastation of the second world war. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy and president of the EU Parliament Martin Schulz collected their Nobel diplomas ...

  4. News - World - EUROPE

    European Union budget talks in deadlock as Britain threatens veto

    Posted Nov 24th 2012, 12:00am by Associated Press in Brussels

    ... and the Netherlands. Cameron had vowed to bring down the budget from a proposed €1.047 trillion (HK$10.44 trillion) to €886 billion. EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy submitted new proposals ... with a British source criticising a lack of preparation by Van Rompuy, saying it made negotiations more difficult. So-called cohesion funds- billions of euros handed each year to the EU's newer ...

  5. News - World - EU SUMMIT

    Single supervisor for euro-zone banks, but no start date

    Posted Oct 20th 2012, 12:00am by Associated Press in Brussels

    ... is good for Europe that we'll have a single supervisory mechanism up and running in the course of 2013," said Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, which includes ...

  6. News - World - BRITAIN

    British prime minister congratulates ‘friend’ Obama

    Posted Nov 07th 2012, 03:41pm by Agence France-Presse in London

    ... congratulations to my friend Barack Obama,” Cameron wrote on his Twitter account. “Look forward to continuing to work together.” European Union President Herman Van Rompuy on Wednesday expressed joy at Obama’s re-election. “Very happy about the reelection of President Obama,” Van Rompuy wrote in Dutch on his Twitter account. Obama swept to re-election Tuesday, making history by overcoming a slow ...

  7. News - World - EUROPE

    Euro-zone summit ends in stalemate, again

    Posted Dec 16th 2012, 12:00am by The Guardian

    ... and stabilising the euro regime through a battery of federalising political and fiscal moves. In the event, the documents from the EU council president, Herman van Rompuy, were shredded amid more clashes over fundamentals between Berlin and Paris, while an even more ambitious blueprint from European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso was simply ignored. Van Rompuy, who has had a very bad ...

  8. Business - Economy - EU ECONOMY

    EU leaders warn budget deal far off

    Posted Nov 23rd 2012, 10:58am by Agence France-Presse in Brussels

    ... nations have had time to examine new proposals on the 2014-2020 budget submitted by EU president Herman Van Rompuy. But with an increasingly eurosceptic Britain threatening to wield its veto, ... of face-to-face meetings between Van Rompuy and each of the bloc’s leaders, followed by a flurry of backroom bilaterals to discuss the trillion-euro budget. “Maybe this meeting will be long ...

  9. Business - Economy - EU ECONOMY

    Fear of failure looms over EU budget summit

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 11:31am by Agence France-Presse in Brussels

    ... of the summit at 7pm local time on Thursday (1am HK time on Friday), EU president Herman Van Rompuy is to sit down with individual heads of state and government to finesse a one-size-fits-all compromise. “Let there be no mistake: the absence of an agreement would be harmful for all of us,” Van Rompuy said in a summit invitation letter to the EU’s 27 leaders which also pledged “a revised ...

  10. Business - China Business

    Wen demands lift of EU arms embargo at summit

    Posted Sep 20th 2012, 05:45pm by Agence France-Presse in Brussels

    ... he added as he spoke alongside EU President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. “I deeply regret this and hope the EU side will take greater initiative ...




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