The author takes the readers back to the mid-1970s to one of the poorest countries in the world, Somalia, and from there to the violent tourist paradise of Jamaica in the 1980s. Nine years are spent in the turbulent Middle East stationed in Jordan and Egypt with frequent trips from Jordan to a Yemen untouched by modern time. The final five years 2001-2006 brought the author as EU Delegate (Ambassador) to Georgia and Armenia, two countries suffering from the break-up of the former Soviet Union. In between the overseas postings, 6 years were spent in Brussels at the mighty bureaucracy of the European Commission. During the thirty years of service, the author saw 4 murders and 2 kidnappings associated with people with whom he worked. He experienced the EU bureaucracy at its worse and best as well as the tremendous change of the competence of the EU delegations from being a mere development office to a “super” EU Embassy. Over the years, the author was on probation 4 times, downgraded once and promoted through protesting. On the background of the political and economic developments in the countries, it is also a story about human working and social relations during the thirty years.
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