Europe's Safe Choice The Technocrats at the Top of the EU

Europe's leaders have chosen two competent but dull technocrats to be the EU's first president and foreign minister. The uninspired choice shows the determination of national leaders to hold on to power -- and the limits of what is currently possible within the bloc.
Von Hans Hoyng und Hans-Jürgen Schlamp
Belgian newspapers show the new European Council President Herman Van Rompuy on their front pages.

Belgian newspapers show the new European Council President Herman Van Rompuy on their front pages.

Foto: Yves Logghe/ AP
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan