Europalezing door Herman van Rompuy

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14 okt. 2014

Herman van Rompuy, tot 1 december 2014 voorzitter van de Europese Raad, hield op 10 oktober 204 de Europalezing van de Universiteit Leiden.
* Zie ook * Herman van Rompuy: bezield door de geest van het compromis

Is de Europese Unie een geldverslindende machine?

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24 jan. 2018

“Het is een schande, hoeveel geld er in Europa verspild wordt! Weet je wel hoeveel die ambtenaren betaald worden? En dan die verhuis naar Straatsburg elke maand. Afschaffen die handel!” Heb je dit ook al eens gezegd? En waarop was dat dan gebaseerd? Luister toch maar eens heel goed naar professor Hendrik Vos, dan weet je over hoeveel geld het gaat en waar al dat geld naartoe gaat en kan je voortaan gewapend met feiten sakkeren.

The EU is still an innovative idea | Herman van Rompuy | TEDxSittardGeleen

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10 feb. 2017

We are living in difficult and dangerous times. Democracies are not self-evident anymore.
“Each for oneself”, that seems to be the spirit nowadays. The European Union is the opposite; it stands for “stronger together”. Something we must cherish.

Elected as the first full-time President of the European Council in November 2009, Herman Van Rompuy took office when the Lisbon Treaty became effective on 1 December 2009. In 2012, he was re-elected for a second (and last) term.

At the time of his first election, Herman Van Rompuy was Prime Minister of Belgium.

A former economist at the National Bank of Belgium, Herman Van Rompuy began his political career in 1973 as national vice-president of his party’s youth movement. He was president of the Flemish Christian Democrats (1988-1993). He served in the Belgian Parliament, in turn as Senator (1988-1995) and Member of Parliament (1995-2009).

He is now professor at the universities of Leuven (Louvain), the College of Europe in Brussels and Sciences Po in Paris and he is the President of the European Policy Centre.

Nigel Farage insults Herman van Rompuy, calls EU President a “DAMP RAG”

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24 feb. 2010

MEP and UKIP leader Nigel Farage on Wednesday delivered another major tirade against EU President Herman van Rompuy and, along the way, severely insulted Belgium and Greece during a plenary debate in the European Parliament. Farage said Van Rompuy has the “charisma of a damp rag” and the appearance of a “low-grade bank clark.”

Nigel Farage insults Herman van Rompuy, calls EU President a “DAMP RAG”

The sooner you’re put out to grass, the better.

From War to Peace: A European Tale

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25 jan. 2013

Extracts from the Nobel lecture 2012 by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, on 10 December 2012 in Oslo.
The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize® was awarded to the European Union.

Van Rompuy holds Farage in contempt

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25 feb. 2010

EU Council President Herman van Rompuy says he holds Nigel Farage in contempt for the tirade against him during the first-ever official appearance of the EU president in the parliament.


I am glad about the European ambition I found here this afternoon, I am glad about this sense of emergency that I heard this afternoon ; There is only one contribution for which I can only held in content (on Farage calling him a wet rat)

We have taken special measures to save financial institutions, not because we love them but without them there is no economy. We led a smart monetary policy, we’ve injected liquidity into the economy which was not done 70 years ago. For at least 16 countries we’ve created despite all the problems a zone of monetary stability, and in the 1930s there were competitive devaluation; We don’t have those now.

We saved our internal market. It is not perfect, we need to deepen it and Mr Monti will make us concrete proposals, but we did not fall into protectionism as in the 30s.

It is thanks to the EU that the G20 was born; We took the initiative to create this embryo of world governance. It is the first time that old and new powers joined to fight the crisis.

We should not always put the EU on the defensive mode; there are also good things that happened.

We need some important reforms at EU and National levels which will include budgetary choices.

If we say we need more in Research and Development, well then we should forecast those in National budgets and in the EU financial perspectives. This requests budgetary choices, another consequence of the Lisbon Strategy is that all that we proposed as objectives are not always regarded as soft ones, it could well be, hard objectives and there will come a difficult time, there is a demand for reform and there is implementation of the reforms.

At EU level people demand hard measures and you go back to your country I see few results from all that so we need a consistent position.

The method is not all . method only without political commitment is worthless.

For the economic strategy, it is very well to hear that we need binding measures yes ok but…

The Lisbon treaty on the economic guidelines does not make provisions for that…it does not include penalties or negative measures when its a matter of implementing the guidelines Have a closer look at article 121.

One word on Greece. I believe that the right message was sent, one of responsibility of the Greek Government who has to manage a very difficult situation, one it has inherited.

If the present measures are not enough to reach a reduction of 4% of the deficit in 2010 we will take extra measures, we committed to more monitoring not only following initiative of the European Commission but also the ECB and the World Monetary Fund expertise; so we have very well defined responsibility, there is also if necessary an element of solidarity.

President Obama Speaks on US-EU Summit with Herman Van Rompuy and President José Manuel Barroso

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29 nov. 2011

President Obama, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso deliver statements on the US-EU Summit. November 28, 2011.

Can the European Union achieve Utopia? | Herman Van Rompuy | TEDxLeuven

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22 dec. 2016

The European Union is one of Europe’s greatest successes, not only because it has brought peace for over 70 years, but prosperity for many people on the continent.

As the former chair of the Council of the European Union, better known as the ‘first president’ of the European Union, Herman Van Rompuy holds a unique perspective on European society.

In this talk about Europe and ideals, he explores the main challenges ahead to build on the values the European project holds.

Herman Van Rompuy, first president of the European Council and former Belgian prime minister, needs little introduction.

As a lifetime politician, Herman has been at the forefront of driving our society forward, slowly but steadily.

During the financial crisis of 2008, he led Belgium – one of the most culturally complex countries on the face of the planet – to safer waters.

As the “president of Europe”’, 7 years later with the Greek debt crisis, he did the same thing again with the European Union.

Apart from a politician, Herman is also a thinker and creative author, you may know him from his famous haiku’s or his politically oriented books.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Herman Van Rompuy – Koepel van Internationale Solidariteit

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17 mei 2019

Beste politici, Zorg dat jullie geen spijt krijgen van de keuzes die jullie maken. Ontdek wat Herman Van Rompuy spijtig genoeg nooit meer kan veranderen…

Actua-Expert: Hendrik Vos over een mogelijke Brexit

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19 mei 2016

Op maandag 9 mei werd overal in de Europese Unie de Dag van Europa gevierd. Nochtans zijn er weinig redenen voor optimisme of feestgedruis, want volgende maand spreken de Britten zich in een referendum uit over het lidmaatschap van het Verenigd Koninkrijk van de EU. “Het is tijd om te vechten”, zei parlementsvoorzitter Martin Schultz daar deze week over, “tijd ook om te versterken wat ons verbindt”. Samen met professor Hendrik Vos staat Joris Vanderpoorten stil bij een bewogen week vol Europese actualiteit.

Nigel Farage’s dramatic final speech at the European Parliament ahead of the Brexit vote | LBC

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In première gegaan op 29 jan. 2020

Nigel Farage’s final speech at the EU ended very dramatically when he was cut off for ‘disobeying the rules’ ahead of the Brexit withdrawal agreement vote.

Guess What, Chicken Butt! Prank

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25 jan. 2014

Hey! Hands of the merchandise! These chickens work HARD to maintain their bods post-mortem.
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