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Who will be EU president?

EU leaders have chosen Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy as the president of the EU

Before the decision, seven candidates stood out from the pack. Here are Europe correspondent Jonny Dymond's profiles of the runners and riders.

Click on the images below to listen to his take on the personalities who were in line for the biggest job in Europe.

JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER - LUXEMBOURGTONY BLAIR - UKJAN-PETER BALKENENDE - THE NETHERLANDSHERMAN VAN ROMPUY - BELGIUMVAIRA VIKE-FREIBERGA - LATVIACARL BILDT - SWEEDENJOHN BRUTON  - IRELAND

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JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER - LUXEMBOURG

Prime minister of Luxembourg is the EU's longest serving PM and head of the Eurogroup of finance ministers.

JAN-PETER BALKENENDE - THE NETHERLANDS

The Dutch prime minister has led four successive governments in the Netherlands. Politically positioned on the centre-right.

TONY BLAIR - UK

Former British prime minister and current Middle East envoy for the US, UN, EU and Russia. May lose support over Iraq war.

HERMAN VAN ROMPUY - BELGIUM

Belgian Prime Minister said to be the frontrunner in the contest. A Christian Democrat, and former president of the Belgian parliament.

VAIRA VIKE-FREIBERGA - LATVIA

Former president of Latvia, and the only woman in the seven. Dubbed the Iron Lady of Latvia, she served as president for eight years.

JOHN BRUTON - IRELAND

Former Irish prime minister is currently the EU ambassador to Washington. Led Ireland at a crucial time for the Northern Ireland peace process.

CARL BILDT - SWEDEN

Former prime minister of Sweden with noble roots, has been a key player in peace negotiations over the Balkan conflict.




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