EU chooses Polish PM as chairman, Italian FM to run foreign policy

Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini attends the final press conference during the informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers in Milan on August 30, 2014. Mogherini was chosen to be the bloc's new foreign policy chief. -- PHOTO: AFP
Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini attends the final press conference during the informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers in Milan on August 30, 2014. Mogherini was chosen to be the bloc's new foreign policy chief. -- PHOTO: AFP
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk arrives on August 30, 2014 for a European Union summit at EU headquarters in Brussels, where he was selected to be the next president of the European Council. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk arrives on August 30, 2014 for a European Union summit at EU headquarters in Brussels, where he was selected to be the next president of the European Council. -- PHOTO: AFP 

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - European Union leaders chose Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as the new president of their Council on Saturday and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as the bloc's new foreign policy chief, outgoing European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said.

"The European Council has elected PM Donald Tusk as the next President of the European Council & Euro Summits," Van Rompuy said on social media site Twitter.

"The European Council has appointed FM Federica Mogherini as the next EU High Representative," he added.