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Jobs for the boys

EUobserver today reports that Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has written an angry letter to EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton demanding to know why Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has appointed ‘his man’ as the EU’s new ambassador to W…

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Out there in eurospace

Foreign Secretary David Miliband appeared before the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee this afternoon to discuss developments in the EU, ahead of the formal six-monthly European Council meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday this we…

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Flip-flopping Ashton

New EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton has faced MEPs today for an informal grilling. It is not her official European Parliament confirmation hearing – that will come later in January.Interestingly, Lady Ashton is described as “dodging a hail of bull…

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Not to be underestimated

In a letter in the Evening Standard yesterday we argued that the EU’s new President, Herman Van Rompuy, should not be underestimated.Just looking through Nicolas Sarkozy’s press conference in Brussels last week, this is reinforced.Sarko describes Van R…

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Stitch-up

See here for Open Europe’s reaction to the outcome of yesterday’s EU summit.According to the Telegraph the UK’s Cathy Ashton was told at 5pm yesterday that she had been put forward for the job. Two hours later she had bagged the job and was celebratin…

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Crikey

Rumours are swirling thick and fast from the EU summit in Brussels…Apparently Herman Van Rompuy is still leading the pack as the frontrunner for the EU President job – especially now that Merkel and Sarkozy are doing their best to stitch it up for hi…

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