Africa envoy

When UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown nominated Valerie Amos as his candidate for the post of EU Africa envoy last June many people assumed that it was a done deal. And even if the job did not go to Amos, a high-profile British politician who had been overseas aid minister, it looked set to be filled by someone equally political. But sometimes things just do not work out like that. In December, EU member states and the European Commission approved Koen Vervaeke as the Union’s special representative to the African Union and head of the Commission’s delegation.

A Belgian diplomat seconded for the last four years to the cabinet of Javier Solana, the EU’s foreign policy chief, Vervaeke would not be well known even in Brussels and is hardly political.

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