Renzi loyalist in pole position for EU foreign policy job

July 16, 2014 1:16 PM

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Renzi loyalist in pole position for EU foreign policy job

ROME (Reuters) - Federica Mogherini is the front runner to be nominated on Wednesday as the European Union's new foreign policy chief for five years, even though the 41-year-old has only been Italy's foreign minister since February.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tapped the career politician for the job based on her experience as one of his center-left Democratic Party's leading foreign policy wonks, although critics question her strategic depth.

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