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As it is currently there is the Foreign Minister of the rotating presidency, the HR, and the Commissioner for External Relations. This tricephaly was a problem: it was never clear who was in charge.

The intent of the new treaty is to clear this mess by making the HR paramount. The letter of the new treaty has this bit about the President can represent the   council internationally without prejudice of the HR's attributions. So letter and intent are clear. The HR also has to report to the Parliament every 6 months, not so the Council President.

This makes it clear why it is such a problem when Blair says "I'll be president if you give me foreign policy powers".

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 11th, 2008 at 04:27:29 PM EST
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