Geneva Nuclear Talks: Iran Bets on Easing of Sanctions

Geneva Nuclear Talks: Iran Bets on Easing of Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

The next round of talks on Iran's nuclear program kicks off Tuesday in Geneva. But unless Tehran offers up credible concessions, the recent trickle of goodwill could quickly run dry. By Matthias Gebauer and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Iran Nuclear Talks: Europe's Unsung Chief Diplomat

Iran Nuclear Talks: Europe's Unsung Chief Diplomat

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2013

The European Union's foreign policy apparatus is often written off as trivial. But its leader, Catherine Ashton, is the one whose tenacious diplomacy has brought the West and Iran back to the table to negotiate Tehran's nuclear program and related sanctions. By Gregor Peter Schmitz and Christoph Schult in Brussels more... Comment ]


Wahlen in Simbabwe: Weltweite Zweifel an Mugabes Sieg

Wahlen in Simbabwe: Weltweite Zweifel an Mugabes Sieg

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 04, 2013

Simbabwes umstrittener Präsident Robert Mugabe will einen überwältigenden Wahlsieg errungen haben. Daran zweifeln nicht nur seine politischen Gegner. Auch die USA, die EU und die Vereinten Nationen fordern eine genaue Untersuchung. mehr... Video | Forum ]

Anger in Israel: EU Issues Disputed Settlement Guidelines

Anger in Israel: EU Issues Disputed Settlement Guidelines

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 19, 2013

Israel has been protesting all week, but to no avail. On Friday, the EU issued new guidelines prohibiting bloc money from going to Israeli institutions operating in the settlements. President Peres warned the measure could "cause a crisis." more... Comment ]


Uniquely Poor Management: Report Skewers Top EU Diplomat Ashton

Uniquely Poor Management: Report Skewers Top EU Diplomat Ashton

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 23, 2013

Catherine Ashton, Europe's top diplomat, has failed to provide the clout her office requires, a report by the European Parliament has concluded. Her successors are already jockeying for a position in the race to snag the EU's most important foreign policy post. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

EU Foreign Affairs Chief 'Out of Her Depth': Doubts Increase about Catherine Ashton's Ability

EU Foreign Affairs Chief 'Out of Her Depth': Doubts Increase about Catherine Ashton's Ability

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 19, 2010

Members of the European Parliament are becoming increasing critical of Catherine Ashton, the EU's high representative for foreign affairs. Ashton is incapable of setting up the EU's new diplomatic service, they argue. more...


European Union Foreign Policy: Walking the Thin Line with Catherine Ashton

European Union Foreign Policy: Walking the Thin Line with Catherine Ashton

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2010

The EU's new top diplomat Catherine Ashton has only been in office for 100 days, but she is already running into stiff criticism. Her detractors claim she doesn't have enough dedication, stature or independence. But the EU's leaders chose her precisely because she lacked those qualities. By Walter Mayr more...

The EU's Foreign Service Apparatus: Berlin Concerned about British Dominance

The EU's Foreign Service Apparatus: Berlin Concerned about British Dominance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 02, 2010

The European Union's new diplomatic service is still months from completion. But already, Germany is worried that the bloc's new foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, is handing over too many top slots to Britons. By Matthias Gebauer and Carsten Volkery more...


Europe's Safe Choice: The Technocrats at the Top of the EU

Europe's Safe Choice: The Technocrats at the Top of the EU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2009

Europe's leaders have chosen two competent but dull technocrats to be the EU's first president and foreign minister. The uninspired choice shows the determination of national leaders to hold on to power -- and the limits of what is currently possible within the bloc. By Hans Hoyng and Hans-Jürgen Schlamp more...

Europe's New Leadership: 'Who' for President, 'I Don't Know' for Foreign Minister

Europe's New Leadership: 'Who' for President, 'I Don't Know' for Foreign Minister

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2009

The appointment of Herman Van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton to the European Union's top spots has many scratching their heads. The two are relatively unknown, but expectations are so low, they can only exceed them. By Carsten Volkery more...

New EU President and Foreign Minister: Europe Chooses Nobodies

New EU President and Foreign Minister: Europe Chooses Nobodies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2009

Europe's leaders are relieved that the wrangling over the EU's new positions of president and foreign minister is finally over. But they have no reason to be proud. Once again, the EU has missed an opportunity to boost its standing on the global stage. By Carsten Volkery in Brussels more...