The leaders of the 28 member states of the European Union will meet in Brussels later today (16 July) to appoint a successor to the UK’s Catherine Ashton as the EU’s foreign-policy chief. The frontrunner is Federica Mogherini, Italy’s centre-left foreign minister, although opposition to her appointment has gathered strength in the past few days.
The uncertainty has forced Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, to postpone the start of the summit by two hours, to 8pm, to make time for additional bilateral consultations.
“There is no agreement on names yet,” said a diplomat involved in the preparations. Van …read more
Source: European Voice