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By Manneken Pis   January 2007

Solana thwarted

The post of EU high representative for foreign affairs may not have been advertised, but an orderly queue has formed for the job currently occupied by Javier Solana. Recruited in 1999 from Nato, where he was secretary-general, Solana has probably earned more air miles than any EU official past or present. Although he has overseen a gradual expansion of European foreign policy, his efforts were undermined first by the Iraq war, which divided national capitals, then by the failure of the European constitution. When the French and Dutch ditched the constitution last year, they also destroyed Solana’s…

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