Thursday, December 10, 2009

BaroNENAshton racing against time


Red Baroness Ashton with Red Balloons (picture source:stalbansreview)

"Ninety-nine red balloons
Floating in the summer sky
Panic lads, it's a red alert
There's something here from somewhere else

The war machine springs to life
Opens up one eager eye
Focusing it on the sky
Ninety-nine red balloons go by

Ninety-nine Decision Street
Ninety-nine ministers meet
To worry, worry, super-scurry
Call the troops out in a hurry

This is what we've waiting for
This is it boys, this is war
The President is on the line
As ninety-nine red balloons go by

Ninety-nine knights of the air
Riding super high-tech jet fighters
Everyone's a super hero
Everyone's a Captain Kirk

With orders to identify, to clarify and classify
Scrambling in the summer sky
As ninety-nine red balloons go by
Ninety-nine red balloons go by

Ninety-nine dreams I have had
Every one a red balloon
Now it's all over and I'm standin' pretty
In this dust that was a city

If I could find a souvenir
Just to prove the world was here
And here is a red balloon
I think of you and let it go

Nena 99 Red Balloons, released in 1984
Songwriters: Mcalea, Kevin (Eng Lyr); Karges,Carlo; Fahrenkrog-Petersen, Joer;


"With a Conservative Government the favourite to take power in Britain next year, Baroness Ashton of Upholland is racing against time to establish a pan-European diplomatic service before David Cameron can clip its wings. 

Some European leaders and MEPs want the new External Action Service (EAS) that she will oversee to become a federal Foreign Office for the EU with full consular powers, making it Europe’s pre-eminent presence around the world. But the battle is on to shape it before a possible change of government in Britain....
The British peer, who became the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs on December 1, was embroiled in her first controversy last night when a dozen of the EU’s 27 foreign ministers objected to being replaced by her at the European summit in Brussels. 

The decision to ban foreign ministers was defended by Carl Bildt, the Foreign Minister of Sweden — which holds the EU rotating presidency — who said that, since the Lisbon treaty came into force, relations between member states were no longer considered “foreign policy” but were now “domestic policy”. Therefore EU leaders no longer need their top diplomats beside them at EU summits. 

It was a clear example of the downgrading of member state foreign ministries in the post-Lisbon treaty system, and a further erosion of national influence could come over the question of whether EU “embassies” will go on to offer consular services — as well as intelligence gathering for the EU. ...

The gradual development of unified EU embassies horrifies opponents of European federalism. David Campbell-Bannerman, a UKIP MEP on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, said: “They are talking about creating a diplomatic ethos, just like the Commission, where Commissioners are not meant to represent the national interest. If you have EU embassies, this is an EU state.” 

Lady Ashton must present her proposals for the EAS in the new year, and the European Parliament hopes to sign if off by the end of April. Javier Solana, Lady Ashton’s predecessor at the European Council, insisted that it was futile for member states to think they could still act unilaterally." Link

TimeOnline writes in a Comment today:

"...we just do not know what it is. Seen in that context, it is unsurprising that Lady Ashton is under pressure to rush out the EAS before there is any chance of a Conservative government taking office. According to Andrew Duff, a Liberal Democrat MEP and leader of the Union of European Federalists: “We would like everything in place before David Cameron becomes Prime Minister.” That is scarcely reassuring. The new EU foreign affairs body needs to be clear about how much it costs, what it is for, and above all whom it serves." Link

Me guess the EU foreign affairs body knows exactly whom it serves.


Nigel Farage reprimanded for criticising Baroness Ashton (FULL VERSION):

Stay tuned!


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