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  • ‘Palestine Papers’ bear the failure of US as mediator

    Opinion | Global Europe 26-01-2011

    The leaked 'Palestine Papers' on concessions offered to Israel show the failure of the US as principal mediator and give the EU an opportunity to step up its role in peace talks, argues Spyros Danellis MEP, a member of the European Parliament's Palestine delegation, in an opinion piece sent exclusively to EURACTIV.

  • Ashton to preside over a ‘man’s world’

    News | Development Policy 22-12-2010

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has completed the appointments for 28 top officials at the European External Action Service, with only two women appearing on the list, according to a document seen by EURACTIV.

  • Compromise in sight on 2011 budget

    News | Future EU 29-11-2010

    The European Parliament has welcomed a draft compromise proposal by the European Commission on next year's EU budget, signalling that a deal is getting closer ahead of an EU summit on 16-17 December.

  • Europe’s New Diplomats

    Opinion | Future EU 22-11-2010

    The European External Action Service is "one of the most important institutional reforms provided for by the Treaty of Lisbon" and should bring together "fragmented EU structures" to ensure that Europe speaks more often with one voice, writes German Green MEP Franziska Brantner in an exclusive commentary for EURACTIV. 

  • EU budget talks collapse

    News | Future EU 12-11-2010

    EU finance ministers failed to reach a compromise with the European Parliament over the 2011 budget yesterday night (11 November). If they fail to find a mutually acceptable solution by Monday, the 2010 budget will roll over to 2011, raising questions as to how the European Union will finance ambitious new projects such as the European External Action Service.

  • EEAS to be born on Lisbon Treaty anniversary

    News | Development Policy 21-10-2010

    In the presence of a smiling Catherine Ashton, the European Parliament yesterday (20 October) approved by an overwhelming majority the last three legislative texts required to launch the European External Action Service (EEAS) on 1 December 2010, the day of the first anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty.

  • EU to reject Mugabe’s ambassadors

    News | Global Europe 15-10-2010

    A consensus is emerging among the EU institutions to reject Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's ambassadors-designate to the European Union, after the country's prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, called on the bloc not to recognise Mugabe's unilateral appointment.

  • González warns against cheating Turkey

    News | Future EU 05-10-2010

    Felipe González, chairman of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe, warned yesterday (4 October) that the EU should honour commitments made to Turkey, which ten years ago was given the prospect of European Union membership.

  • Leading MEP: Turkey should seek Norway-type EU relationship

    Interview | Development Policy 29-09-2010

    Turkey and Ukraine should seek to obtain a status with the EU similar to the one Norway has at present, becoming fully associated members of the internal market and the Schengen border-free area, Elmar Brok, a leading MEP, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Brok: Right personnel mix is key for EEAS

    News | Development Policy 29-09-2010

    The European External Action Service (EEAS) can be set up only if the European Parliament approves the staff and financial legal base based on the presence of at least 60% "Community personnel" in the new diplomatic corps, German MEP Elmar Brok (European People's Party) told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • German ‘wise men’ criticise EU’s timid diplomacy

    News | Future EU 29-09-2010

    Hans-Dietrich Genscher, a German political veteran who served as foreign minister throughout the 1970s and 80s, says Europe should assume its role on the global stage if it wants its future diplomatic service to work. He spoke to EURACTIV.de in an interview alongside Joschka Fischer, another ex-German foreign minister, and former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel.

  • Ashton picks 28 ambassadors for EU ‘foreign service’

    News | Global Europe 16-09-2010

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton unveiled a list of 28 ambassadors yesterday (15 September) who will be charged with representing the EU's interests abroad. Only twelve were selected from national administrations, while sixteen come from the European Commission.

  • Ashton’s speaking rights at UN face delay

    News | Development Policy 15-09-2010

    An attempt by the European Union to upgrade its status at the United Nations hit a road-block yesterday (14 September) when the General Assembly voted to postpone consideration of the changes Brussels wants.

  • Poland ‘loses’ Georgia in EU diplomatic race

    News | Global Europe 27-08-2010

    Poland appears to have changed its policy of unconditional support for Georgia against Russian intimidation, a recent interview given by the country's president suggests. Warsaw has also reportedly abandoned hope of securing the position of EU Ambassador to Tbilisi, the Polish press reports.

  • Ashton to obtain speaking rights at UN

    News | Development Policy 26-08-2010

    European Council and Commission representatives yesterday (24 August) confirmed reports that the United Nations is to grant the EU the right to speak at the body's General Assembly ahead of its 64th session, which starts on 15 September in New York.

  • EU wants diplomatic service up by December

    News | Future EU 27-07-2010

    EU foreign ministers yesterday (26 July) gave their final approval to the European External Action Service (EEAS), paving the way for the diplomatic corps "to come into being" by December 2010. Attention now shifts to budgetary issues and the battle to assign top positions.

  • Ashton calls on Israel to ease Gaza blockade

    News | Global Europe 19-07-2010

    Israel should ease its Gaza blockade further and allow Palestinians to resume exports from the territory, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Sunday (18 July) during a visit to the Hamas-controlled enclave.

  • Tories get EU diplomatic service off the ground

    News | Future EU 12-07-2010

    William Hague's instructions to the European Conservatives and Reformists group in the European Parliament, in which the British Tories sit, were decisive in securing a crucial positive vote on the European External Action Service (EEAS), EURACTIV has learned.

  • Parliament mellows on EU diplomatic service

    News | EU Priorities 2020 07-07-2010

    The European External Action Service (EEAS) is to become official after the summer recess and start recruiting in autumn, it became clear after a key European Parliament committee gave its green light yesterday (6 July) to the EU's diplomatic service.

  • External Action Service: Much ado about nothing

    Opinion | Global Europe 06-07-2010

    The European External Action Service (EEAS) certainly does not signify the advent of a new dynamism in the EU's common foreign policy. There are too many differences between the interests of the various countries and the positions of the EU institutions and in the long term, all that remains is the hope that the EEAS will have the effect of a large socialisation structure, writes Stefani Weiss of the Bertelsmann Stiftung in a June publication.

  • Spanish Presidency seals EEAS deal

    News | Development Policy 22-06-2010

    The European Commission, the European Parliament and the Spanish EU Presidency yesterday (21 June) reached a compromise in Madrid regarding the organisation and operation of the European External Action Service (EEAS). The EU institutions expect the Union's diplomatic service to become operational in the autumn.

  • Parliament twists Ashton’s arm over EEAS

    News | Future EU 11-06-2010

    The European Parliament is giving EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton a hard time, as political group leaders yesterday (10 June) delivered a clear message that they disliked her proposals for the European Union's new diplomatic service. They insisted that it must be attached to the European Commission, otherwise the Parliament will veto its financing.

  • Rewriting the ground rules of European diplomacy: The EEAS in the making

    Opinion | Future EU 28-05-2010

    Setting up the European External Action Service (EEAS) is proving more difficult than anticipated, but this is no surprise given that the details were left until the implementation phase and it requires re-writing the ground rules of European diplomacy, write Timo Behr, Johanna Nykänen and Aaretti Siitonen of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) in a briefing paper.

  • Šef?ovi?: EEAS to reach ‘balanced’ representation by 2013

    Interview | Public Affairs 10-05-2010

    The European External Action Service (EEAS) plans to achieve an inter-institutional balance by filling member states' quotas by 2013, Maroš Šef?ovi?, European Commission vice-president responsible for inter-institutional relations and administration, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.