Remembrance Day and the importance of Federica Mogherini

imageWhat a crazy headline! – I hear my non-reader cry.

Bear with me.

The Remembrance service today at St Nicolas Church, Newbury was very moving and a great tribute to the fallen. Curate Rev John Aldis delivered an excellent sermon which included reference to Michael Williams in Henry V.

As John enumereated the millions killed in wars over the last two centuries, my thoughts wondered on to what we can do to stop the horrors of war.

One of the key crises which threatens world (in)stability at the moment is that in Ukraine.

One of the key ways we can influence that situation is through the EU. In this, the role of the EU’s High Representative is key. Catherine Ashton, who was in that role until last week, pulled off a remarkable coup by leading the deal with Iran. So one asks who in the new Commission could fill her shoes. Well, the new High Representative for EU, as of November 1st, is Federica Mogherini (Pictured above).

We can only hope and pray that Ms Mogherini does a good job in helping to resolve the Ukranian crisis. She has a lot of responsibility riding on her shoulders. Mikhail Gorbachev’s warning yesterday, that we could be on the brink of a new Cold War, are chillingly realistic.

Photo by European External Action Service – EEAS

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