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Gordon Brown announces top EU job appointments

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EU leaders have chosen the Belgian Prime Minister, Herman van Rompuy, to be the first permanent European Council President.

The other top job created by the Lisbon Treaty - head of foreign affairs - will go to the EU Trade Commissioner, Baroness Catherine Ashton from the UK.

Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced the appointments after consensus was reached in Brussels.

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