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Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Thursday, April 25, 2013

European foreign policy a failure

Three and a half years after establishing the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Parliament has concluded in a report that the EU member states have so far not been able to reach agreement on a single important issue. This means the project has failed, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita notes: "The symbol of this defeat is Lady Ashton, although naturally she alone is not to blame. After all, the leaders of the EU deliberately chose this clumsy English woman three and a half years ago precisely because they didn't want anyone interfering in their national affairs. And for the same reason they preserved the principle of unanimity for votes on diplomatic decisions. True, to bail out the Eurozone a taboo was broken. Brussels forced the individual states to submit to supervision of their budgets and banks. But as far as foreign policy is concerned - which falls within the remit of national sovereignty - this will be a far more difficult enterprise."

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