New face but same old problems for EU foreign policy
By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe's chequered attempt to build a common foreign and security policy has a new face, Italy's Federica Mogherini, but the European Union is stuck with the same old problems despite her bright start. In her first six months as EU foreign policy chief, the 41-year-old former Italian foreign minister has tried to harness Europe's soft power and diplomacy more effectively and initiated a review of the bloc's outdated security strategy and of its flawed "neighborhood policy". She has taken a higher public profile than her media-shy predecessor, Britain's Catherine Ashton, and is using her role as vice-president of the European Commission, which Ashton shunned, to coordinate the EU's trade, aid and state-building resources to maximize its toolkit.
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