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OTTAWA — Former Liberal leader and foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion ended weeks of speculation Tuesday when he said he has accepted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's offer to be Canada's ambassador to the European Union and Germany.

It's unusual for Canada to have one ambassador for the EU and Germany, suggesting Trudeau had to sweeten the offer, said Fen Hampson, an international affairs expert at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ont.

But sending a former party leader and foreign minister to Brussels and Berlin "sends a strong message Canada is deeply committed to both missions," Hampson said.

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