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Thursday, 19 November 2009

Whose ever heard of the Belgian and the Baroness?

I think it is disastrous for Europe that we have ended up with two lightweights in the top positions of EU President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs.

I am sure both Herman Van Rompuy and Baroness Ashton have admirable qualities, but they are not the best people for the job.

In particular, Van Rompuy has consistently oppposed Turkish membership of the EU which I think he is wrong about.

The decision to choose two unknowns also shows Europe is not serious about leading or projecting its power onto a global stage. There is no powerful, self-assertive voice to represent us here. Europe's status is diminished once again.

Tony Blair won't lose any sleep over this. But we should worry that Europe has chosen to bury its head in the sand again. This was an opportunity to be radical and show leadership. Instead we end up with the worst of all worlds.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

the pair of them are bureaucrats

Ben Margulies said...

I think Ashton is a bit of a non-entity. I think you may be too harsh on Van Rompuy, though.

Belgium is a major economy, and has been for almost two centuries, small though it may be. It has also been a stalwart of the EU since it was a coal and steel community. Furthermore, Van Rompuy has been very successful at holding the country together ... Read Moredespite the wide differences of opinion and interest between its Flemish and French components. That's exactly the sort of negotiating skill that the council needs.

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Tim said...

I am sure both Herman Van Rompuy and Baroness Ashton have admirable qualities, but they are not the best people for the job.

Is it not time that we had leaders with admirable qualities and integrity, people that would think before making disastrous decisions like going to war on a pack of lies. Brand name politics is not the way forward.