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Who will be the top dogs in the new EU diplomatic corps? Plus, Nigel Farage finds his softer side

By Manneken Pis   August 2010

Despite a bruising start, and serious speculation that she might quit, Catherine Ashton has survived her first six months as the EU’s foreign-policy chief. And finally the extended court of Queen Ashton is starting to take shape. Following a vote in July in the European parliament, the EU’s new diplomatic corps can start taking its first baby steps. Even though it still does not have a budget (that has to be agreed with the parliament in the autumn) the European “external action service” will start advertising its top posts. There will now be a gruelling selection process in which the…

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