It is reported in Financial Times. According to the publication, their efforts received tacit support of other countries that support tough sanctions "after Mogherini invited the Russian President Vladimir Putin at the October Summit of the EU and Asian leaders in Milan last week."
In the EU, a full-scale fighting erupted over who will replace Curtin Ashton as the head of the Foreign Ministry.
According to the sources of the publication, at the weekend Italy and France agreed to support Mogherini.
However, within the European Parliament opposition to this decision is growing, in particular, on the part of the right-wing forces who consider Mogherini insufficiently qualified.
One of the leading center-right politicians in the European Parliament asked, "You choose skills and experience, or political orientation and gender?"
If a consensus in respect of the head of EU"s diplomacy is not reached, the voting for other posts will be questionable, in particular, for Jean-Claude Juncker as the president of the European Commission.
At the same time, the publication writes, "if the appointment of Mogherini is blocked, two other candidates for this post, who are seen as the hardliners against Russia – the Foreign Ministers of Poland and Sweden Radoslaw Sikorski and Carl Bildt will be rejected too."
Hence, there are chances that a consensus candidate will be a Bulgarian diplomat, Kristalina Georgieva, the Commissioner of the EU humanitarian aid and a veteran of the World Bank.