Fischer welcomes appointments of Van Rompuy and Ashton to top EU posts

The Czech prime minister, Jan Fischer, has welcomed the selection of two politicians to fill new high level posts in the European Union. Belgium’s Herman Van Rompuy will be the first president of the European Council, while Catherine Ashton of the UK becomes the bloc’s foreign policy chief. Mr Fischer said both names suited Prague, adding that they had the skills to do well in the positions. He said he felt close to Mr Van Rompuy, who like him, is an economist by training.