A Credible and Accountable EU Foreign Service? Not Yet
In late February, Josep Borrell, EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy and vice-president of the European Commission, announced three senior appointments in the European External Action Service (EEAS).
They were: Spaniard Enrique Mora Benavente as deputy secretary general for political affairs, political director; Italian Stefano Sannino as deputy secretary general for economic and global issues; Frenchman Charles Fries as deputy secretary general for common security and defence policy (CSDP) and crisis response.
All three men are qualified, so there is no doubt about their ability to support Borrell's already full plate of work from Syria to Libya, Ukraine to Iran, China to the United States.
These appointments do not however represent the geographic diversity and gender balance that European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen requested of her colleagues when building their teams.