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Dear Javier…

Some advice for the EU's recently appointed foreign policy supremo

Congratulations on your appointment to the job of running Europe’s foreign and security policy. Congratulations, too, on your performance as secretary-general of Nato. Of course, having a predecessor who left under a cloud, after an undistinguished tenure, helped. But getting three new members into the alliance without undue diplomatic fracas, negotiating a cooperative relationship with the old adversary, Russia (looking a bit frayed just now, but still a crucial building-block for a more secure Europe), and handling successfully a conflict as complex as Kosovo is not bad going.

What you are letting yourself in for next will be a huge…

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