Van Rompuy likely to be reappointed
Herman Van Rompuy is likely to be reappointed president of the European Council at a European Union summit next week, an EU official has said.
A former Belgian prime minister, the 64-year-old was virtually unknown on the world stage when he was appointed as the council's first president in 2009.
But he has become highly regarded for his skills as a manager of negotiations among the national leaders - essential in an institution where unanimity is required for major decisions.
His term expires at the end of May. He can serve a maximum of one more two-and-a-half-year term.
An EU official said no objections were being heard to the reappointment.