Starting today and continuing through Sunday, voters across Europe head to the polls to elect a new European Parliament. But this year will bring about more than just a new group of lawmakers in the European Union’s only directly elected body. There will be bigger changes at the top of the EU, with both Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, and Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, leaving their posts in October. Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, will also step down in November.
For foreign policy observers, however, all eyes are on Federica Mogherini, whose term as the EU’s foreign policy chief—officially the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy—comes to an end later this year. After nearly five years in her post, what did she do right, where did she go wrong, and what does her successor have to look forward to?
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