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Catherine Ashton was the EU's first high-representative for foreign affairs, from 2010 to November 2014 (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

Former EU top diplomat becomes security lobbyist

Europe's first-ever foreign affairs chief, Catherine Ashton, recently took a job with private military firm GardaWorld, which bids for EU contracts.

A second senior EU official has also joined the Canadian firm, as its British competitor, G4S, faces uncertainty over Brexit.

Ashton, a 63-year old baroness who now sits in the UK's House of Lords, became the "member" of an "advisory group" at GardaWorld Security in September, according to

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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.

Catherine Ashton was the EU's first high-representative for foreign affairs, from 2010 to November 2014 (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

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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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