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Ashton: a technocrat who served EU countries' small ambitions (Photo: state.gov)

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From Solana to Mogherini: What did Ashton really do?

When world powers and Iran clinched a deal in nuclear talks in Geneva in the small hours of 23 November 2013, US secretary of state John Kerry gave the credit to the EU’s first-ever high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Catherine Ashton, with a theatrical hug.

She had just chaired four days of meetings on one of the world’s toughest foreign policy dossiers.

But an Iranian official, speaking to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, gave a less flattering account of...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Ashton: a technocrat who served EU countries' small ambitions (Photo: state.gov)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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