A “warm body” for EU Foreign Secretary


For once I agreed with Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Leader of the Greens at the European Parliament when he said that Europe had hit rock bottom by choosing Kathy Ashton who he described as “a warm body”. She lacked any real experience or competence in the international scene and was monolingual. In her post as EU Trade Commissioner she had been strongly criticized by a number of developing and Third World countries for worsening the livelihoods of the poorest people in the world. The economic agreements proposed by Ashton have often worsened the situation of in poor countries by favouring European multinationals. Lady Ashton forced the governments of Lesotho and Botswana, to sign damaging agreements with the EU with the air of a 21st Century Viceroy.


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