One of the reasons that the EU is apparently superior to individual nations, is its ability to use its size to facilitate change around the world. The reality is that it frequently goes for lowest common denominator politics, an undermines any worthwhile efforts. So it is no surprise that the ban on Comrade Bob is coming under pressure.
Portugal said that it wants to invite all African leaders - including Mr Mugabe - to an EU-Africa summit next year. The Portuguese Prime Minister, Jose Socrates, argued that the EU's position on Mr Mugabe needed to be changed and that "that will happen in February", adding: "The summit cannot be held if we do not invite all African countries."So even the largely superficial sanctions that were actually agreed to, are now not convenient for some grand standing politician or other. So Mrs Mugabe can look forward to shopping trips in Paris, whilst her countrymen starve under the negligence and venality of her evil husband.
An EU Foreign Policy? That'll be a force for good won't it.