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Ashton in Berlusconi's sights

The “Caiman” not only has skin but also tough teeth… He proved it in his few words to the press as he left the European Council on Friday. Silvio Berlusconi thus returned to the appointment of the two new personalities at the head of the European Union. “ I remember offering a Blair – Frattini ticket. he explained. “We preferred to make second choices, weaker ". But he immediately recognized that in the case of the current President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy “ succeeds very well, with a lot of wisdom and balance ". On the other hand, not a word from Catherine Ashton. A silence that resembles a sharp criticism.

This point should not be overlooked. If the Italian leader, known for his escapades, expressed himself in this way, it is not personal resentment that he reflects but rather the disappointment of the diplomacy of the peninsula with regard to a High Representative that they do not judge, for the moment, to be up to the new position of the Lisbon Treaty nor to the international challenges. This is the first time to my knowledge that a head of government has expressed himself so directly in a year (if we do not count the few sentences of spite pronounced against him during the nomination). And this might not be the last, to hear the comments made on the right, on the left (especially on the right in fact).

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).