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The Treaty of Lisbon Brings a New EU Leadership Force

On December 1st, the treaty of Lisbon entered into force, effectively changing the leadership dynamic of the European Union’s 27 member states.

“It would be impossible to have a better choice of personalities for European Union leadership,” said European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in an EU briefing.

Under the treaty, Herman Van Rompuy, the Prime Minister of Belgium became the permanent President of the European Council and Catherine Ashton, the EU Trade Commissioner and former leader of the British House of Lords became the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Additionally, Pierre de Boissieu, the current Deputy Secretary General of the Council of the EU, become its Secretary General.

Read the Briefing Here



Neshani Jani

FPA blogger Neshani Jani holds a Masters degree in Media Culture and Communication from New York University and dual Bachelors degrees in Anthropology and Spanish Literature from the University of California, Davis. She is a freelance writer and is currently helping to manage blog networks for the Foreign Policy Association and the Women's Education Project.

Neshani has a background in journalism and interned with the CBS News program 60 Minutes. Additionally, she is a public and internet radio veteran. She has worked as a research assistant at both the Social Science Research Council and at the Institute for Scientific Analysis and currently blogs for several of the Foreign Policy Association's global affairs blogs.

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