It is time for EU-Turkey relations to be 'reset' following recent tensions,says Javier Solana. He goes on to argue that Turkish accession to the EU would enable Europe 'to become an active global player, rather than a museum'.
"Important progress" was made during two days of talks between EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran's nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, but nothing was officially agreed concerning Iran's controversial uranium-enrichment programme.
Constructive talks, centring around a two-month uranium-enrichment freeze, encourage Javier Solana to push for more meetings. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has given the development a cautious welcome.
The transatlantic relationship is of a far too wide ranging importance to be destroyed by squabbles such as the run-up to the Iraq war. The USA needs the EU and vice versa, argues Council director Jim Cloos.
The EU's Constitutional Treaty spells out a future 'double-hatted' foreign minister belonging to both the Council and the Commission. But will he have his own secretariat or be part of one of the two, and if so, which one? Turf wars lie ahead.