Wednesday, July 23, 2014

crisis and his name popping up again...

picture from the articleJavier Solana and Hillary Clinton when they were High Representative for EU Foreign Affairs and Secretary of State, respectively, in 2009 / Getty

| WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

Javier Solana -> Catherine Ashton or how to move from hope to irrelevance in European foreign policy

Article Praising Solana and about his successor Lady Ashton and the coming one... HERE


Anonymous said...

Yes, Solana put the EU on the map like the article says and his absence is glaring in global dealings as Ashton has tried to fill his shoes. Is he making a comeback? Very very possible to me. Thanks for posting this.

Anonymous said...

I agree. His come back is possible. I am still unaware of any other man in world history who fits the possible profile we are looking for.
I would like to revisit the numerology possibilities. First it is interesting that numerology has made somewhat of a comeback. The day in 2001 post 9/11 when the stock market in the USA fell the most it was on the Mishna and then again when it fell in October 2008 777.67 points it was a 7% fall and on the Mishna and many independently noted this change. (Even amog those not so usually open to such numerology interpretations.) It is rather USA centric but fits with the Harbinger theory of Johnanthan Kahn quite well. In 2007 when gold fell 666 points I viewed it as the signal of the beginning of the struggle for world economic hegemony which would be played out as the dollar was replaced. The BRICS nations met on July 15,2014 for an important meeting but the dollar has still not fallen. It has been seven years. I think it likely the dollar will be replaced this year or 2015 at the latest. Did anything happen this year on 7/14/2014 or 7/07/14 that might be associated witht the battle for economic hegemony?

Anonymous said...

The choice of Europe probably bland, not too spicy

August 31, EU leaders have planned to designate who will preside the EU in the coming years.

In truth, the question of who will lead Europe does not arise. The answer is clear. There is no competitor to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and continue to lead an iron fist, as it has done so far, with considerable success over the past nine years.

It was agreed, despite strong opposition from the British Prime Ministers David Cameron and Hungarian Viktor Orban, Martin Schulz of the German Social Democratic Party will be held at the Presidency of the European Parliament and Jean-Claude Junker, the former Prime Luxembourg Minister become the President of the Commission, which is the de facto bureaucratic government of Europe. It is responsible for implementing the policy, with a large room for maneuver and have a strong influence on the allocation of budgets.

But two major positions are open: President of the European Council and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Defence.

The appointment of two individuals to these positions will be very significant international position of Europe, particularly with the United States, but also in terms of political developments in the EU and neighboring countries, such as Ukraine by instance.

The European Council President is the head of the political structure of the European Union and, in some way, in recent years, serves as president. Herman Van Rompuy, a former Belgian prime minister has fulfilled this role, passing unnoticed. It is difficult to think of someone having a profile as low as having had little impact.

In this regard, he faithfully fulfilled the mission for which the leaders of major European countries had appointed, preferring someone with just the title, compared to one that stole the limelight in the media and defined a political line.

If someone was soon elected to the post which is not in the image of this gentle man, it would be a clear statement of contempt of European leaders for an organization that has ensured peace in Europe for more than half a century.

The role of the High Representative, nicknamed "Foreign Minister of Europe, has been filled in recent years by Baroness Catherine Margaret Ashton could not stand up against the most important European Ministers of Foreign Affairs. It failed in two main areas: the establishment of a unified diplomatic service of the EU, thus European countries continue to have sovereign and separate external relations.

But more importantly, it has failed to conduct any political activity in recent years since it replaced Javier Solana, and gave up, day after day, to the lowest common denominator among the 28 EU Member States.

There are rumors in Brussels on various names of people who consider themselves as candidates for the presidency of the Union as well as others who wish to lead Europe.

By all indications, this will once again be very bland people who do not jeopardize the prestige of the leaders of the member countries, but will not be able to steer this giant aircraft carrier to important decisions.

As regards the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs, the young Italian Social Democratic Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini particularly stands. It is the subject of discussions after. Poland and the Baltic countries feel it is too attentive to Moscow, while members of the Italian parliament argue that it is too close to Kiev.

European Heads of State met on July 16 failed to reach agreement on a successor to Ashton and it is clear that a controversial candidate is not really the "cup of tea" of European leaders.

But if they want someone expressive with their own opinions, but do not shake the positions of Europe and that does not do pass as insignificant, then they should seriously consider the surprising appointment of Magherini