...and EU CSFP High rep Ashton bashing goes on...
"...Perhaps the most comprehensive demolition came today from Stefan Lehne, a former senior Austrian diplomat who worked for Mrs Ashton’s predecessor, Javier Solana.
His analysis, "More Action, Better Service: How to Strengthen the European External Action Service" (PDFhere) is phrased diplomatically, as one might expect, but its exposition of the weakness of the EEAS is more devastating for the sober tone in which it is delivered. In some ways, he concludes, the situation is worse today than it was under the previous system of fragmented roles...."
"... we should consider the Berlusconi option: like Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy, the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany could just smirk at each other, and let the world know that Lady Ashton has lost their confidence.
If she stepped down, you could then appoint someone with a good contacts book and a degree of magnetism, or at least some confidence. Then, perhaps, the EEAS might have a chance of doing something useful."
maybe someone has an idea who could be this magnetic personality??