At last, the European foreign and security policy is proving its worth. Although the tenure of Catherine Ashton as the EU's first high representative for foreign policy is doomed here on Earth, there are other places for her to boldly go.
Ashton's European External Action Service (EEAS) last week presented the draft of an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities. “Space is a resource for all countries in the world, and those which do not yet have space activities will have them in the future,” the EEAS said.
In the old days, space policy was set by Günther Verheugen, the European commissioner for (the starship) enterprise, but for the EEAS to take charge is only logical. What could be more external than outer space? At last Ashton's unhealthy interest in the British television science-fiction series “Doctor Who” is coming in useful. She'll soon have the Daleks driving on the correct side of the intergalactic highway.