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EU didn't want Van Rompuy to learn 'truth' about Ukraine

Russia reacted angrily Wednesday to the cancellation of a visit to Moscow by European Council president Herman Van Rompuy, saying the EU did not want to know the "truth" about Ukraine. "They did not allow the European Council president to come to Moscow. His own people," the Russian foreign ministry said in an indignant statement. "After all, why should he learn the truth when everything is already decided anyway?" the ministry said.

EU's Van Rompuy sees European economic revival in 2014

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy on Sunday forecast an economic upswing for Europe in 2014 in an interview with Belgium's Flemish-speaking broascaster VTM. Even euro-strugglers such as Spain and Greece are showing signs of positive growth, Van Rompuy told VTM News. While 2013 saw European Union nations overcome the crisis, 2014 will be the year of revival though this is not yet visible in continuingly poor unemployment data, he said.

Van Rompuy slams populism, defends EU open borders

European Union president Herman Van Rompuy warned against populism and defended the EU's open borders in a speech in Berlin on Saturday. "Populism and nationalism cannot provide answers to the challenges of our times," said the European Council president, speaking at an annual event in the German capital on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

European Council president presents 2nd volume of haiku

European Council President Herman van Rompuy on Thursday proudly presented his second volume of haiku at the Japanese ambassador's residence. Published three years after his first volume, "Haiku 2" is not only accompanied by drawings but also Japanese translations of the original Dutch verses. Van Rompuy read his favorite haiku, "As my own dog died some weeks ago, I identify very much with an elder man walking his dog," saying, "The image stresses the feeling of wishing to get old with someone."

EU's Van Rompuy urges implementing Cyprus deal as soon as possible

Herman Van Rompuy, who chairs the European Union Council, on Monday urged the financial rescue deal clinched after tough overnight talks between Cyprus and its international creditors be enacted "as soon as possible." Welcoming the agreement "to ensure a sustainable future for Cyprus in the euro area", Van Rompuy said "it is now for all parties to ensure its implementation as soon as possible."

URGENT ¥¥¥ EU's Van Rompuy urges implementing Cyprus deal 'as soon as possible'

Herman Van Rompuy, who chairs the European Union Council, on Monday urged that a financial rescue deal clinched after tough overnight talks between Cyprus and its international creditors be enacted "as soon as possible." Welcoming the agreement "to ensure a sustainable future for Cyprus in the euro area", Van Rompuy said "it is now for all parties to ensure its implementation as soon as possible." ccr/rl

EU president Van Rompuy to leave politics end of 2014

EU president Herman Van Rompuy on Sunday announced he will leave politics once his mandate in the European Union runs out at the end of 2014. "Members of my family will be on the (political) lists. Those who want to vote for a Van Rompuy will have all the opportunities to do so. At the end of 2014, it's the end of my political career," the former Belgian prime minister announced on Dutch-language public broadcaster VRT.

Herman Van Rompuy to leave politics after 2014

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Herman Van Rompuy will retire from politics when his mandate as European Council President expires in 2014, the 65-year old Belgian said on Sunday. Van Rompuy was re-appointed as Council President in June 2012 and his term will end in late November 2014, according to the European Council's website. He has held the post since its creation in late 2009.

Van Rompuy sees 2012 as turning point in eurozone crisis

EU president Herman Van Rompuy described 2012 as the "turning point" for the crisis-hit eurozone on Wednesday, but also urged bloc members to continue progress towards a banking union. "2012 marked the turning point in the eurozone crisis," Van Rompuy told journalists during an official visit to Budapest. "Hopefully, we are over the worst," he said.

Van Rompuy urges hostile EU Parliament to pass budget

The European Parliament, hostile to just agreed spending cuts in the EU budget and with the final say on the deal, must now live up to its responsibilities and pass it, EU President Herman Van Rompuy said Friday. EU leaders had settled sharp their differences over the 2014-20 budget and now "I hope that the European Parliament will meet it's (responsibilities)," Van Rompuy said after marathon talks lasting more than 24 hours. But the heads of the four largest groups in Parliament said they would not accept the budget as it would not help boost the struggling EU economy.
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