You could call it the revenge of Belgium. After being ruled for more than 2,000 years by various empires and foreign potentates, now haiku hewing Herman will take the reigns of Europe as the new EU president, coming out on top of Luxembourgeois and the Netherlands' Prime Ministers. Just think, wouldn't they have made a marvellous triumvirate, Roman Republic-style?
And the Foreign Affairs Representative is Baroness Catherine Ashton from the UK. There's nothing like a dame to send on foreign missions.
And there's nothing a combined effort between a Belgian and Brit cannot achieve (in me extensive experience) so that all bodes well for the EU.
Intrepid roving news reporter Hamish MacDonald from Aljazeera made a great impression as Tintin at the event.