EU's foreign policy chief responds to criticism from foreign ministers of 12 member states. Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, has been forced to defend the performance of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in the face of criticism of her leadership from the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden and seven other member states. Her response comes in a report on the first year of operations of the EU's diplomatic service which she submitted to the presidents of the European Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament at the end of December. Ashton acknowledges problems in the division of roles between the EEAS, launched one year ago this week, and the European Commission. She concedes that there have been serious transitional and structural problems with the EU's 140 delegations abroad.
The former dictator’s son and most high-profile of Col Gaddafi’s children, was captured two weeks ago. The 39-year-old former playboy is currently awaiting a trial in Libya that could end in the death penalty, while the International Criminal Court has indicted him for crimes against humanity. Other documents seen by the Daily Telegraph show the lengths some academics at the LSE went to ensure that Mr Gaddafi was given a place at the university. Shortly before the despot’s son was admitted, the then Centennial Professor Ed McClennan wrote to one of Mr Gaddafi’s aides. Professor McClennan told Mr Gaddafi that “presumably you do reasonably well” in the first year, he could then apply to the PhD course. The professor also said he could “tailor your first year here in a manner that is much more responsive to your interests”.
The Arab League admits ‘mistakes’ in its Syria monitoring mission and calls for help from the UN, declaring it won’t step down from its mission Arab League monitors walk through the Al-Sabil area of Daraa, Syria, in this photo. Officials says monitors will stay in Syria despite criticism from Qatar’s prime minister that they had made ‘mistakes’ as Syria released more than 500 prisoners. AP photo
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