Via John Redwood’s Diary:
According to the EU’s website 1525 staff transferred to the new External Action Service when it was set up last year. They recruited another 118 staff immediately.
The EU now has 130 Embassies around the world, covering all the important countries and global institutions, and many smaller countries as well. The European Parliament reports that the aim is ” to set up numerous delegations to third countries and to international organisaitons … a network with approximately 5000 staff” .
The weary predictability of the EU’s expansion without a democratic mandate is getting on my nerves.