The office of the High Representative was created in order to increase the visibility and the coherence of EU external relations. Based on foreign policy statements, this article analyses to what extent the first High Representative after the Lisbon reforms, Catherine Ashton, achieved these aims. With an average of more than 400 statements per year, she made active use of this tool as an underpinning of her foreign policy. Most of these statements are, however, event driven and devoid of any strategic initiatives, in particular with regard to the EU’s strategic partners. Despite the High Representative’s “double hat”, the cooperation with the Commission was almost negligible, nor did Ashton visibly link the EU’s external relations with its security and defence policy. After Federica Mogherini’s first 100 days in office as the new High Representative, there are however already signs of a better use of the tools at hand.
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