Four months after the appointment of Catherine Ashton as the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, *El Periódico**announces that Europe's 27 member states reached agreement "on the basic principles of the structure and operation of the European External Action Service (EEAS)" on 26 April. The Catalan daily explains that the EEAS will be represented by some 130 delegations throughout the world, and will have about 5,000 staff and a budget of 30 billion euros.* Dziennik Gazeta Prawna*regrets that the future service will be under the strict control of "bigger" countries, who will monopolise the main jobs, while* Le Soir*, which dubs the EEAS an "institutional mutant," worries about the mixed allegiances of staff in the new organisation to be composed of European civil servants and diplomats "temporarily 'on loan' from member states." This will lead to a power struggle between member states eager to place "their" appointees in key jobs, and the European Commission which aims "to establish a strong EU ethos in the service."*