End of mandate for EU's Ashton raises questions over Iran talks

 BRUSSELS - As Iran and international negotiators work towards a July deadline to complete an accord with Tehran on its nuclear programme, a practical issue may be on their minds: the looming changeover of the European Union's foreign policy chief.


Catherine Ashton, the British baroness who has held the EU's top foreign policy post for the past five years, may not be the critical decision-maker in the talks, but she has been the prime coordinator of the negotiations since 2010. (Reuters)