Britain lands key EU foreign policy post
So Britain has got one of the top two EU jobs, and arguably the more important one.
Cathy Ashton is a warm, likeable, natural coalition-builder who appealed to the European left as one of its own - and was acceptable to the right as the EU Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso had learned he could do business with her.
It is an extraordinary rise for someone who has never run for elected office, who spent just a year in the cabinet and a year as an EU commissioner. She has no experience of foreign affairs other than the past year of representing the EU in world trade talks.
Will she become the answer to the Kissinger Question ("who do I call if I want to call Europe?") or, as appears more likely, an envoy or ambassador representing positions on which the EU has an agreed position?