The Wall Street Journal
January 18, 2010
The European Union finally has in place a president of the European Council, Belgium’s former prime minister, Herman van Rompuy, and a foreign secretary (a.k.a. high representative), Labour Party stalwart Catherine Ashton. True, the European Union’s “democratic deficit” remains and the heads of state missed an opportunity to appoint candidates who could propel the EU to world notice, instead choosing candidates of whom no ill can be spoken—or much of anything else said, for that matter.