The European Union's New Foreign Policy Chief

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The European Union's New Foreign Policy Chief


Six months into office, the European Union's new foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, has notably tried to use the power of Europe's diplomacy more efficiently than some of her predecessors. A former foreign minister of Italy, Ms. Mogherini has attempted to redefine her new role. "We didn't realize the power we have in our hands," she said, "and we don't use it." She suggests that if the EU uses the power it has in terms of institutions and funds, "It could be a game changer."

"Outside Europe, people are looking at us with disbelief and saying 'You are a big trade and economic power, and what are you doing with that?'"

She points out that European nations are acting individually rather than pooling their interests, diplomacy, and armed forces under the EU umbrella. Since 2009, the EU has had a foreign ministry which runs a network of diplomats around the world and drafts policy papers for the Council of Foreign Ministers, of which Ms. Mogherini is chairman.

Today, the EU has no shortage of crises to deal with and it will be up to Ms. …

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