The Treaty groups all the strands of the EU's foreign and foreign economic policy as 'external action' but retains complexity by stating that '[w]ith the exception of the common foreign and security policy [the Commission] shall ensure theUnion's external representation'. [...] ensuring a coherent EU foreign policy message will require intensive coordination and liaison between their staffs to prepare for Council meetings and summits with third parties.
THEWORLDTODAY.ORG DECEMBER 2009 PAGE 21 EUROPEAN FOREIGN POLICY Richard Whitman, ASSOCIATE FELLOW, EUROPE, CHATHAM HOUSE; PROFESSOR OF POLITICS, DEPARTMENT OF EUROPEAN STUDIES AND MODERN LANGUAGES, UNIVERSITY OF BATH Facesfor The British television pop contest the X Factor has audiences hooked each weekend as it chooses a new act to try for a Christmas hit. At the same time, Europe has been running a political talent contest, searching for two Europe t faces to put fizz into its foreign policy. Both contests have HE EU’S VERY OWN ‘X FACTOR’ CONTEST HAS been deciding who should fill the post been nail-biting. The holders of President of the European Council and the revamped position of High of the new European jobs find Representative for the Common Foreign themselves not in a and Security Policy. The likelihood of success for undeclared candidates, streamlined system as the new the rehearsal of their talents and past political foibles, and the reported opinions of the key judges on the panel – France’s front men for Europe, but President Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany’s Chancellor caught in fresh complexity. Angela Merkel – has given the media and commentators great opportunities for speculation. Delivering a hit will be hard. In Britain there was the added interest of former Prime C W S / PA R E S H / T H E K H A L E E J T I M E S / D U B A I THEWORLDTODAY.ORG DECEMBER 2009 PAGE 22 Minister Tony Blair’s and Foreign Secretary David Milliband’s the President of the Commission in areas other than names being actively discussed as contenders and the foreign and security policy. Conservative Party’s European-wide spoiler campaign to The Treaty does not provide a clear answer on who stymie the prospects of the former. represents the EU abroad for summitry and in major The contest for these positions has already boosted the international organisations. It has abolished the role of profile of the jobs, partly in keeping with the Lisbon Treaty’s the Council Presidency in external representation, but ambitions in creating the roles, which was to
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