Part-time Ashton? Challenges facing the EU’s High Representative

English: Baroness Ashton of Upholland, Commiss...

High Representative Catherine Ashton

Catherine Ashton is a busy woman. Whilst holding enough titles to rival the Duchess of Alba, she is the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and therefore responsible for coordinating the Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Her appointment in 2009 was controversial – many commentators argued she lacked the relevant experience and profile for such an important and prestigious position. Ashton has faced many challenges this year and I’ve discussed them in this piece which was recently published in The New Federalist.