Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Running out of friends

"Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief, is coming under attack from all sides, and that creates a problem not just for her, but for the office of the high representative....Sarkozy, it should not be forgotten, was forced to drop his foreign minister because of her personal and business entanglements with Tunisia's old regime. He has a history of ill-mannered behaviour: he refused Javier Solana, Ashton's predecessor as foreign policy chief, a ride on the presidential plane back from Moscow after a trouble-shooting trip during the Georgian war of 2008.

But Solana, who could be abrasive and made mistakes on some big policy questions, still commanded the respect of the national leaders in way that Ashton apparently does not. She has squandered the goodwill that was there, at least in some quarters, when she was chosen for the post 15 months ago....Ashton is in trouble, but it is not just a personal setback: the office of high representative is also being damaged.... If Ashton limps on, will her successor be able to command support and respect?" Link

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

i believe she was given that job to be ulaaspeset up for a fall--and soon. wonder who will take her place!!!???!!!???.............

Anonymous said...

what happened to my spelling?!?! sorry! should be--set up for a fall. have no idea how i got those extra letters in there...