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In the Council of Ministers, qualified majority voting is used:

When the Council votes on a proposal by the Commission or the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy...

And unanimity is used:

The Council has to vote unanimously on a number of matters which the member states consider to be sensitive. For example:

  • common foreign and security policy (with the exception of certain clearly defined cases which require qualified majority, e.g. appointment of a special representative)

But the remit of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy is the common foreign and security policy.

So there appears to be a contradiction here. What am I missing?

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    It is not a contradiction because it is explicitly listed as an exception. Why it is an exception is probably a reasonable question. – Jontia Jul 4 at 17:48

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