December 17, 2009

Quiet Diplomacy Will Boost EU

Catherine Ashton, The Times

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Less than a month ago the 27 heads of government of the European Union chose me to be the first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, a role created by the Lisbon treaty. The treaty gives us new possibilities to make Europe better and more relevant for its citizens. It can also help us find a stronger and more coherent voice on the world stage.

The reputation of the EU in the world is a good one, based on our strong values of freedom and democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. We already speak with conviction and clarity on the major challenges that face us, be they climate change, or fighting poverty, conflict or terrorism.

We have put boots on the ground with successful civilian and military missions on four different continents....

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