Baroness Ashton

Surprise, surprise, Iran has betrayed the Geneva deal

28 November 2013 18:54

At the start of this week I hinted that the negotiations which went on in Geneva last weekend were not…

Visar Arifaj is Kosovo’s answer to Borat and Beppe Grillo – only funny

4 November 2013 8:49

Kosovo held regional elections over the weekend…and it rather looks as if the Serbs in the north of the country,…

Who stands to gain from the Kosovo-Serbia deal? The EU

26 April 2013 14:20

Britain’s very own EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Cathy Ashton, has not had a terribly good press…

Has the taxpayer received bang for buck from Baroness Ashton?

7 April 2013 21:57

A great deal of fuss is being made about Baroness Ashton’s retirement salary. She leaves her ludicrous post as High…

Encouraging signs from talks with Iran

16 April 2012 9:18

The weekend’s six power talks with the Iranians about their nuclear programme were more fruitful than many, including I, expected.…

How do you solve a problem like Baroness Ashton?

20 March 2012 13:44

Baroness Ashton has managed a return to diplomatic form by comparing the murder yesterday of three children and a Rabbi…

The role of Baroness Ashton

10 March 2012 10:13

Recent reports have suggested that David Cameron is interested in swapping Cathy Ashton’s job as the EU’s high representative for…

Why wasn’t Mladic arrested earlier?

4 June 2011 13:44

How did Ratko Mladic escape arrest for so long? Writing in this week’s issue of the Spectator (buy it here),…

A show trial with a difference

3 June 2011 9:33

It’s a sleepy morning in Westminster. Fleet Street is exercised by the arrival of a new strain of e-coli in…

Cathy Ashton beats UK ministers to Bengazi

22 May 2011 18:08

EU foreign policy Tsar Catherine Ashton has come under a lot of criticism, much of it unfair and/or put forward…

What the Libya crisis means long-term

11 March 2011 17:01

The multiple crises in North Africa, from the revolution in Tunisia, through the protests in Egypt and to the conflict…

The China arms embargo should be discussed – though not lifted

12 January 2011 17:58

Today’s Times splashed on the spat between Britain and EU foreign policy “czar” Catherine Ashton over the embargo barring arms…

Brit-free EU diplomacy takes shape

30 November 2010 12:38

After months of behind-the-scenes work, the shape of the European External Action Service – the EU’s diplomatic corps – is…

Cameron takes on Europe

28 October 2010 9:10

European leaders, we are told, have been charmed by David Cameron since he formed the coalition government – today, we…

Ashton’s latest ruse

18 September 2010 15:24

I’ve obtained this list of Baroness Ashton’s proposed recommendations for the next wave of EU diplomatic appointments. CoffeeHousers’ will notice…

Europe rises from its slumber

15 July 2010 13:56

Emblazoned across the Times is the headline: ‘Europe warns Obama: this relationship isn’t working.’ The piece is teeming with quotations…

Lord Ashdown’s the right man for the Balkans

6 June 2010 11:49

Last week, Europe’s foreign ministers gathered in Sarajevo under much fanfare – and did very little except issue a repetitive…

Who will be Cathy Ashton’s Sir Humphrey?

29 March 2010 12:04

The fight for the most powerful job you’ve never heard of is being fought by people who you’ve probably also…

Balkan business

20 February 2010 16:36

Catherine Ashton is visiting the Western Balkans this week on her first foreign trip as the EU’s top diplomat. Though…

Terrific, Baroness Ashton has made a dreadful start

28 January 2010 17:15

Gordon Brown is a master of connivance. I never understood that he is contriving the EU’s destruction until hearing of…