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De Standaard - Belgium | Monday, September 1, 2014

EU doesn't want strong foreign policy

Mogherini's appointment as EU foreign policy chief draws harsh criticism from the liberal daily De Standaard: "It is acceptable that the Pole Donald Tusk has been named as President Herman Van Rompuy's successor. The man is a great European, the first top-level representative of the eastern member states and one of Angela Merkel's confidante's. His political experience and expertise compensate for the fact that in the midst of the Ukraine crisis having him as president of the European Council won't make relations with Russia any easier. But the appointment of Federica Mogherini is a disappointment. Many factors have contributed to her rise to leader of European diplomacy, but experience and a clear profile weren't among them. After the disappointing mandate of her predecessor Catherine Ashton this proves that Europe's capitals don't want a Union with its own foreign policy."

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