Josep Borrell named as the EU's new Foreign Affairs representative

Veteran politician Josep Borrell in a file photo.
Veteran politician Josep Borrell in a file photo. / SUR
  • The veteran PSOE politician will start in November if MEPs approve the move

  • Self-exiled Catalan leaders have been told by EU court that they can't be MEPs after all

At the marathon meeting of heads of the EU countries this Tuesday which approved the names of new top Euro officials, Spain's Josep Borrell emerged as the name to be the next head of the EU's diplomatic service as High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Borrell is currently acting Foreign minister in Spain.

If approved by MEPs he will start work in November.

Puigdemont told 'no'

Meanwhile, ex-Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont and fellow exile Toni Comín will appeal Brussels' decision that they cannot be MEPs, as Spain hasn't forwarded its names on its official MEPs list.

The men would have faced arrest if they had returned to Spain to validate their appointment as MEPs.