The BBC says UK foreign secretary David Miliband has rejected the idea of becoming the EU high representative. He had been seen, increasingly, as the logical frontrunner for the job being created by the passage of the Lisbon Treaty which is reshaping the administration and leadership of the EU. Miliband apparently sees his real future in British politics. (Are you listening, Gordon?) Speculation had been ongoing that Miliband might be in the running for the foreign affairs role if Tony Blair was not selected as the new EU president. That doesn’t seem too likely either. Sweden currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU and is expected to call a special summit within the next few weeks for leaders to decide on a president and high representative. For more, read the BBC
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