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BRUSSELS - BELGIUM - 19 NOVEMBER 2009 --  BRUSSELS - BELGIUM - 19 NOVEMBER 2009 -- Newly appointed European Union President Herman Van Rompuy, left, poses with the newly appointed EU's new foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, right, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, second right, and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. Belgium's Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy was chosen as a compromise candidate by 27 EU leaders at a summit in Brussels on Thursday. He will take office on Jan. 1. The EU leaders also named trade commissioner Catherine Ashton of Britain as the EU's new foreign policy chief.  -- PHOTO: Juha ROININEN / EUP-IMAGES