Charles Michel replaces Donald Tusk as EU Council President

epa08032457 President-elect of the European Council Charles Michel (L) and outgoing President of the European Council, Donald Tusk during a handover ceremony at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 29 November 2019. Michel will take over the post of European Council President on 01 December. EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET

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Donald Tusk’s five years as Head of the European Council ended as he’s replaced by the former Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel.

The other major change will see Jean Claude Juncker replaced by Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission. She finally managed to get her commission team approved by the European Parliament earlier this week.

Charles Michel’s rise has been meteoric, succeeding the veteran Tusk – 57 when he became President – a few weeks short of his 44th birthday.

Michel has said he’s aware of what he considers the ‘huge responsibility’ of his new position but regards the challenges the EU faces to also represent opportunities.

Via Euronews

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