Polish FM Sikorski Proposed as EU Foreign Policy Chief
Poland has nominated its Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski to become the next EU foreign policy chief.
The country's Prime Minister Donald Tusk was quoted by the BBC as saying that Sikorski would be a "natural candidate".
In Tusk's view, "Poland has gained such influence in foregn policy" that the position would be within the scope" of its interests.
Catherine Ashton, which currently holds the office of High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (as the post is fully called), has announced she would not stand for a second term.
An official decision on the so-called "EU Foreign Minister" is due in July, when a vote will be held in the European Council (the leaders of all EU member states). Their choice, however, has to be approved by the European Parliament in September.
Poland played an active role in the EU's deescalation attempts in the Ukraine crisis this February. Alongside counterparts from Germany and France he brokered a peace deal with ousted President Viktor Yanukovych in Kiev.
His country, on the other hand, is a staunch supporter of assertive European measures aimed at reducing energy dependence from Russia and constraining what he describes as Moscow's aggressive foreign policy.
- » Poland Votes Duda in Presidential Elections
- » Ukrainian Rebel Leader Alexey Mozgovy Reportedly Murdered Near Luhansk
- » Britain’s Labour Party to Back Cameron’s Referendum on EU Membership
- » Sweden Wins 2015 Eurovision Song Contest
- » Gunfight Between Security Forces, Armed Group Kills at Least 43 in Mexico
- » IS Claims Responsibility for Suicide Attack on Shiite Mosque in Saudi Arabia