New European Union foreign minister faces questions over pro-Soviet sympathies
As the Lisbon Treaty, ostensibly the new constitution of Europe, is put into place, the newly appointed foreign minister-a position with vastly more powers than any EU foreign policy body has had in the past-faces questions about possible connections to the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Baroness Cathy Ashton, the newly appointed EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs was the treasurer of the anti-nuke group the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the early 1980s. Members of the British Independence Party have sent a letter to EU Commission President, Manuel Barrosso, asking him to investigate whether Baroness Ashton ever was party to payments from Moscow via the CND.
Also, for a comprehensive report of Soviet influence on the early 1980s anti-nuke movement, read here.
It is also interesting that Ashton was chosen by the “inner machinations of the Brussels elite” after a “byzantine” process of leader selection. Interesting.