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Van Rompuy in slam mode for a song in tribute to the victims of the attacks

(credit: Vevo / B2 cutout)
(credit: Vevo / B2 cutout)

(B2) Former President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy sang the song in a song by Dana Winner, De Liefde Wint Altijd (love always wins) which appears on a Christmas album Pur Deluxe… from today in record store bins (or on the internet).

In tribute to the victims of the attacks of March 22

Herman doesn't really sing anyway. Rather, he declaims a few verses. But it's a real chrooner's voice, in slam mode, with a guitar arpeggio background. And emotional lyrics for this song in tribute to the victims of the attacks of March 22 in Zaventem and at the Maelbeek metro station (1)...

“You ask me, where are the flowers?
But you didn't wait to answer me.
Because now you know there's only one thing that exists,
Who is stronger than hate and all that is evil” (2)

(at minute 2'35 if you don't want to listen to the whole song, a little too syrupy for my taste)

Is this the start of a career? Not sure

Yesterday on the VRT, the singer acknowledged, “ Herman doesn't know much about music ". Herman isn't really a fan of music studios and their habits either. “ Why do I have to put on this helmet » he replies to the technician who tries to convince him. And he doesn't plan on doing the concert tour. But the singer convinced him to participate. Herman doesn't live very far from Maelbeek. He still takes the train and the metro regularly. He was very touched and agreed to participate ».


(1) Brussels affected in turn by the attacks. The brutal awakening of the European capital (Update)

(2) Je vroeg me, zeg me waar de bloemen zijn / maar je wachtte niet op 't antwoord van mij. / Want je wist nu dat er één ding bestaat / dat sterker is dan alle haat en alle kwaad

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).