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I wasn't aware being British was a disqualifier. Being British Prime Minister and failing to lead your country into closer EU integration is a disqualifier, but by that token Vaclav Klaus was out but not some other Czech.
What it seems to me from reading Ashton's biography on wikipedia is that, well, she doesn't have much of it.
En un viejo país ineficiente,
algo así como España entre dos guerras
civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda
y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
This is disingenuous -of course there's nothing in the treaty to disqualify Brits particularly (though I would like to see the EU starting to suggest that they leave if they don't want to integrate, something unlikely with a Brit as foreign affairs secretary).
To start with, you know that there are symbols in those appointments. And this is an unfortunate one, particularly for the foreign affairs position, given the recent past. We are talking about the country that did the most to ensure that the EU could never have a coherent policy, at any rate a coherent policy not decided in Washington.
The symbolism of appointing to possibly the most important position in the EU someone from an anti-European integration country is hard to swallow. If she had fought tooth and nail to get the UK to be more pro-European I would of course waive her nationality as a point of regrets, but that is far from being the case.
Then, you also know that EU appointees rarely sever the ties with their home country and do take some instructions -again, not exactly a nice outcome in that regard.
Plus, she did get to her position via peerage. It's not just that she's a baronness -it's that it's BECAUSE she's a baronness that she has a political existence at all. Again, a very unpleasant symbol.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
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