18 Aug, 2011, 09.36PM IST
There is no prospect of a recession, either in Europe or in the United States,
despite a general economic slowdown, European Union President Herman Van Rompuy
said on Thursday.
“There is no perspective, no forecast for negative
economic growth. Growth can be lower than expected, lower than anticipated…
but we don’t foresee negative economic growth, a recession,” Van Rompuy said.
Asked about a request by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German
Chancellor Angela Merkel that he preside over the eurozone, Van Rompuy answered
that he fulfilled the role already.
“What Chancellor Merkel and
President Sarkozy of France are proposing is that I will chair these meetings on
a regular basis. But it is already standing in practice,” Van Rompuy said.
A eurozone summit in October “will decide on the new institutional
architecture of economic governance in the euro zone,” he said.
can’t accept something which is not offered yet officially but I do the job
already now,” Van Rompuy added.
Herman Van Rompuy was born on October 31st, 1947 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Van_Rompuy
October 31st, 1947
10 + 31 +1+9+4+7 = 62 = his life lesson = Doing what is unpopular. Dealing with restrictions. Facing his fears and overcoming them.
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