Socialists back Mogherini for EU foreign affairs chief / EU power struggle over foreign policy chief role ends in deadlock

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Series Details 16.07.14
Publication Date 16/07/2014
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Socialist Prime Ministers met on the 16 July 2014 to give their support for Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to become the next EU foreign affairs chief.

Mogherini was the frontrunner to be named as the successor to Britain's Catherine Ashton, but she ran into strong opposition as Mogherini is regarded as overly pro-Russia. Poland and the three Baltic states, who side with the Ukraine in its confrontation with Moscow, were strongly opposed to the Italian, who the previous week had made Russia her first stop during Italy's current rotating presidency of the EU.

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