EU Strives to Overcome Its North-South, East-West Divides

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton talks with Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini and Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic during an EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, July 22, 2014 (AP photo by Yves Logghe).
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton talks with Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini and Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic during an EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, July 22, 2014 (AP photo by Yves Logghe).
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Last week Bulgaria nominated Kristalina Georgieva to be the European Union foreign policy chief. Her nomination appears to be gaining momentum after several countries, mostly in Central and Eastern Europe, raised objections to Italy’s candidate, Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, given her close ties to Russia. The debate over the selection of the next EU foreign policy chief highlights the east-west divide that has existed since the bloc’s 2004 enlargement, when 10 countries in Central and Eastern Europe joined the EU. The very different histories of Eastern and Western Europe since World War II have shaped the political, cultural and economic […]

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