|Series Title||European Voice|
|Series Details||05/04/01, Volume 7, Number 14|
The office of the Union's military staff is beginning to resemble a South American-style junta as it fills up with top-brass braid and medals.
Its cramped headquarters in the Justus Lipsius building are officially home to a three-star general, the newly-appointed German Rainer Schuwirth and his two-star deputy, UK major-general Graham Messervy-Whiting. They are supported by five brigadier-generals.
Finnish four-star general Gustav Hagglund, whose appointment as first chairman of the EU military committee is expected to be rubber-stamped soon by the Council of Ministers, will be a regular visitor. And countless colonels, majors, captains, lieutenants and other ranks will join the 140-strong staff.
At least they will be moving into more spacious accommodation in June, when Lee Marvin-look-alike Schuwirth leads his troops to a new base in Avenue de Cortenbergh.
But don't expect anyone - even the French - to say whether the Cortenbergh HQ will include a little room with a plate on the door reading 'EU Rapid Reaction Force Independent Planning cell'.
Still on a military theme, the Brussels lobbying sector may not realise that it has a one-time Army major in its ranks. He's Australian, quietly-spoken and exudes a natural air of authority. Give up?
Step forward John Russell, boss of Weber Shandwick public affairs and former EU affairs manager of the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham).
A graduate of the Royal Military College in Duntroon, Russell spent more than a decade in the Aussie forces. As actor Michael Caine would say, not a lot of people know that.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry|