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EU foreign ministers meet to discuss Ukraine and Russia

EU foreign ministers meet to discuss Ukraine and Russia

ATHENS, Greece, April 4 (UPI) -- Foreign ministers from European Union member states gathered in Athens Friday for an informal meeting known as the Gymnich.
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P5-plus-1 talks useful, Iran says, more set for April

P5-plus-1 talks useful, Iran says, more set for April

VIENNA, March 19 (UPI) -- Iran's deputy foreign minister said nuclear negotiations in Vienna were useful and another round of talks was scheduled over the course of three days in April.
Iran wants to see draft nuclear agreement develop

Iran wants to see draft nuclear agreement develop

VIENNA, March 18 (UPI) -- Iran wants to work toward a draft agreement on a comprehensive solution to a lingering nuclear row with Western powers, the foreign minister said Tuesday.

Iran not optimistic about upcoming nuclear talks

TEHRAN, March 17 (UPI) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday he wasn't expecting any major breakthroughs from upcoming nuclear talks in Vienna.

Iran says it's not an EU colony

TEHRAN, March 12 (UPI) -- Despite outreach efforts with the West, Iran will not be treated like a "colony" of the European Union, a member of Iran's Parliament said Wednesday.

Iran irked with Ashton for meeting women dissidents

TEHRAN, March 10 (UPI) -- An Iranian military leader said Monday he was frustrated that Catherine Ashton, the foreign policy chief for the EU, met with women dissidents in Tehran.
EU's foreign policy chief visits Iran

EU's foreign policy chief visits Iran

TEHRAN, March 9 (UPI) -- The EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Sunday in Tehran she is optimistic a permanent deal can be arranged regarding Iran's nuclear program.
Chatham House think tank: Ukraine needs 'tough love'

Chatham House think tank: Ukraine needs 'tough love'

LONDON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Members of the European community need to stay committed to Ukraine to prevent a repeat of recent crises, the deputy chairman of Chatham House said Friday.

EU reviews Ukraine's crumbling economy

BRUSSELS, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday the EU strategy on Ukraine should put the economy on the same footing as political stability.
Europe endorses bilateral migration deal with Turkey

Europe endorses bilateral migration deal with Turkey

BRUSSELS, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Turkey took an important step in addressing regional crime by agreeing to work with the European Union on immigration issues, the European Parliament said.
'Fence-sitting' best option for Ukraine, Russian media says

'Fence-sitting' best option for Ukraine, Russian media says

MOSCOW, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Russia's state-backed news agency RIA Novosti said Wednesday the best option for Kremlin policymakers would be to sit on the sidelines of the Ukrainian fray.

EU raps Russia for sentencing 2012 anti-Putin demonstrators

BRUSSELS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The European Union finds the sentencing of Russian anti-Putin activists to prison to be disproportionate, a spokesperson for policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

Ashton in Kiev to push political momentum forward

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says Ukraine's next government needs to be inclusive and free from outside interference.
Russia's Medvedev calls Ukraine's overthrow an armed mutiny

Russia's Medvedev calls Ukraine's overthrow an armed mutiny

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday Moscow would not deal with what he termed armed mutineers in Kiev, Ukraine.
EU official meets with Ukrainian stakeholders after president is impeached

EU official meets with Ukrainian stakeholders after president is impeached

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton traveled to Kiev to meet with Ukrainian politicians and opposition leaders.
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European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton (in green), visits with Palestinian youths, at an U.N. Relief and Works Agency in Gaza (UNRWA) day camp in Gaza City, July 18, 2010. UPI/Shareef Sarhan/U.N. Office
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Catherine Margaret Ashton, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, PC (born 20 March 1956) is a British politician belonging to the Labour Party who has been the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union (EU) since 1 December 2009 when the post was created. She is also the First-Vice-President of the European Commission (since February 2010). She prefers to be known as Cathy Ashton.

A British Labour politician, Ashton was made a life peer in 1999 by the Labour government and held junior ministerial appointments in three government departments. She was later appointed Leader of the House of Lords and, in that role, was instrumental in steering the Treaty of Lisbon through Britain's Upper House. In 2008, she succeeded Peter Mandelson as Commissioner for Trade in the European Commission. In December 2009 she became the first person to take on the newly enlarged High Representative role for the EU as created by the Treaty of Lisbon.

Catherine Ashton was born in Upholland, Lancashire on 20 March 1956. Her father, Harold, was a civil engineer and came from a working class family, with a background in coal mining going back generations. She attended Upholland Grammar School in Billinge Higher End, Lancashire, then Wigan Mining and Technical College in Wigan. Ashton graduated with a BSc in sociology in 1977 from Bedford College, London (now part of Royal Holloway, University of London). She was the first woman in her family to attend a university.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Catherine Ashton."
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