Actually Mrs Ashton, that’s your job !Posted: February 26, 2010
I was just reading an interview of High Representative Catherine Ashton for the Time Magazine, and one sentence in particular stroke me : – I won’t be discussing the article in a whole, but just a couple of elements.
In foreign policy, there are times when speaking with one voice — and it doesn’t have to be mine — allows us to engage better on issues, and enables us to do things more effectively.
I agree with the one-voice-enable-us-to-do-things-more-effectively part… But I’m really surprised by the “it doesn’t have to be mine” one.
Because… well, sorry if I’m wrong, but I thought it was actually your job to be the only voice (or phone number) of Europe for matter of foreign relations… Confessing in the Time that you don’t really care if it’s your voice or another one is not he best way to get the world to understand Europe now has a High Representative.
In her answer to the second question, HR Ashton also describes her role in the EU’s Foreign Affair Council as a chairman, working on policy ideas… In short: she’s moderating debates, organizing meetings, …
Whether she really believes or not that what’s the job of High Representative is about, it’s a very low idea of Europe’s Foreign Policy she is giving to the world in that interview.