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from Global News Journal:

Can a European diplomatic service really work?

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As experiments in political unity go, Europe's External Action Service takes some beating.

The budding diplomatic corps of the European Union, with a name that sounds like an off-shoot of Britain's SAS, is supposed to represent the unified interests of the EU's 27 member states to the rest of the world.

With a staff expected to number 6,000, including 3,000 diplomats in more than 120 missions, setting up the EAS is akin to creating a high-powered, multi-lingual, global PR, trade and aid organisation almost overnight. It doesn't happen very often. And perhaps unsurprisingly, it's not very easy to do.

The person responsible for overseeing it is Britain's Catherine Ashton, a former hospital administrator and EU trade commissioner who is now the EU's high representative for foreign affairs and security policy.

from Global News Journal:

EU to tackle gender pay inequality

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By Sangeeta Shastry

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding

Men are still paid more than women in Europe but the European Union is promising to narrow the gap.

The executive European Commission set out its plans to address the pay gap between men and women at a news conference to coincide with International Women's Day, saying women were on average earning only 82 percent of male rates in the EU.

Ten reasons to vote in EU elections

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paul-taylor– Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Opinion polls predict a record low turnout in next month’s EU-wide European Parliament elections. The Strasbourg-based assembly was once regarded as a toothless talking shop, but that has long ceased to be true. Indeed there are many reasons for Europeans to cast a vote.

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