Monday 9 November 2009

Miliband out ─ D’Alema in? (Updated)

By the way of Jean Quatremer’s Coulisses de Bruxelles I noticed the latest ”sure bet” regarding the European Union’s next high representative for foreign affairs and security policy.

In Der Standard, Thomas Mayer writes that David Miliband has declined the offer to become the EU high representative: Brite Miliband sagt als EU-Außenminister ab (8 November 2009).

This may mean that the European leaders have a new situation to discuss this evening in Berlin, although fairly recent articles still tell us about lobbying for Tony Blair to become president of the European Council and of David Miliband’s chances of being appointed high representative.

Italy’s Massimo D’Alema is a candidate whose prospects look brighter.

Update 9 November 2009: According to Reuters Italia (and other news reports on the same authority), the leader of the S&D group in the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, has - through a spokesman - confirmed that David Miliband has taken himself out of the race for high representative; Massimo D'Alema is now the candidate backed by the socialists and social democrats.

Ralf Grahn

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