EU Foreign Policy: Barroso’s Man in D.C.

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Here’s the funniest bit from this EU Observer piece on the appointment of Joao Vale de Almeida as the EU’s new ambassador to the U.S.: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, to whom Mr. de Almeida will report directly, praised his “significant experience,” “intellect” and “ability to work with all key actors in this important relationship.” (Emphasis added.) The punchline here lies in the fact that prior to being parachuted into the EU’s external relations unit, de Almeida was EU Commission President Manuel Barroso’s chief of staff, and served as his personal envoy to the G-8 and G-20 summits. So […]

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