Leadership in the European Council: an assessment of Herman Van Rompuy’s presidency

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Series Details Vol.39, No.2, February 2017, p157-173
Publication Date February 2017
ISSN 0703-6337
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In November 2009, the European Council elected Herman Van Rompuy its first standing President, under the terms of the newly-implemented Lisbon Treaty. Using the analytical framework developed by Ingeborg Tömmel to assess the performance of three Commission presidents, this contribution examines Van Rompuy’s leadership in the European Council during two terms in office (2009–2014). First incumbents are generally influential in shaping the positions they occupy.

Van Rompuy’s personal qualities helped him meet the demands of an inherently difficult job in an extremely challenging situational context. Yet, institutionally, the presidency of the European Council is a weak office. It brings prominence and close proximity to power, but not the potential of power itself. Nevertheless, Van Rompuy was an effective President because he understood the formal and informal rules of the game, making a modest contribution to leadership in the European Council during a severe financial and political crisis.

Source Link http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07036337.2016.1278442
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