Turf war may delay EEAS

Battle for influence threatens to delay the launch of the EU's diplomatic corps.

Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, has begun to push back against attempts by the European Commission to curtail the powers of the Union’s emerging diplomatic corps, the European External Action Service (EEAS). The ongoing tug-of-war between the Commission and the member states, with Ashton caught in the middle, appears increasingly likely to delay the service’s establishment beyond April. 

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