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EUROPEAN FOREIGN POLICY Richard Whitman, ASSOCIATE FELLOW, EUROPE, CHATHAM HOUSE; PROFESSOR
OF POLITICS, DEPARTMENT OF EUROPEAN STUDIES AND MODERN LANGUAGES, UNIVERSITY OF BATH




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      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

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          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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