Page last updated at 17:53 GMT, Thursday, 25 March 2010

EU foreign affairs boss Ashton's spokesman quits

Lady Ashton
Baroness Ashton is also a vice-president of the European Commission

The chief spokesman for Europe's foreign affairs supremo, Baroness Ashton, has resigned.

The development comes just six weeks after the British peer was confirmed in the newly created job of EU High Representative.

Lady Ashton, former leader of the House of Lords, has suffered widespread criticism since her appointment.

Her spokesman, 38-year-old German Lutz Guellner, denied that he had fallen out with his boss.

BBC political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg said his departure would "be another blow to the EU's most senior UK diplomat".

Critics have said Lady Ashton is too inexperienced and lacks a big enough profile for her role, she added.

Mr Guellner has moved to another role within the EU.

Print Sponsor

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Reuters UK Deal points to more German Europe - 15 hrs ago
Spectator Exclusive: how Byers' lobbying emails dump him and Adonis in it - 15 hrs ago
This is Money EU plan to control Britain's economy - 19 hrs ago
Irish Times MEPs reject Ashton's reform blueprint - 25 hrs ago
The Scotsman British spy who became a Tory peer dies at age of 88 - 28 hrs ago

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific