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  • Barroso defends his EU legacy, criticizes ‘anti-foreigner’ euroskeptics

    10/17/2014 3:13:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 15.10.14 @ 10:32 | Honor Mahony
    With two weeks to go until he is formally out of office and, as of yet, with no fixed onward job, Jose Manuel Barroso is a politician concerned with his legacy. […] He argues the EU has emerged stronger from the crisis, equipped with around 40 new pieces of legislation dealing with financial supervision—and a whole lot more power for the European Commission. “We have powers that our predecessors could not even dream of,” he says, highlighting the commission’s new right to “reject” draft national budgets. […] Asked about the roots of euroskepticism—a stronger political phenomenon in recent years—he says...
  • Barroso pelted with eggs in Belgian debate

    10/20/2013 7:47:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 18 October 2013
    Commission President José Manuel Barroso was pelted with eggs by youths who blamed him for austerity policies and the death of migrants in Lampedusa, during a debate on Europe’s future in Liège, Belgium. According to Europa Press, the eggs did not reach Barroso or any of the other participants to the debate, which included Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, but left marks on the scene where they were seated. The two youngsters were taken out of the room and the debate reportedly continued normally. …
  • Barroso met with boos and jeers on Lampedusa tour (EU Commission president)

    10/10/2013 12:32:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 10 October 2013 | Aline Robert for EurActiv.fr in Paris
    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso’s trip to the Italian island of Lampedusa began with boos and shouts of “shame” and “murderers” from some of the residents, TV footage has shown. In the meantime, lawmakers prepared to re-examine the EU’s border surveillance systems. EurActiv France reports. Barroso, EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano paid a visit yesterday (9 October) to Lampedusa, the small Italian island near the coast of which some 270 immigrants drowned in a shipwreck last week. …
  • Barroso: EU would be ridiculed if US shutdown occurred here

    10/04/2013 8:57:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 04 October 2013 | Georgi Gotev
    Commission President José Manuel Barroso said that while the EU was “ridiculed” for its handling of the eurozone crisis, he would not criticize the United States for its budget deadlock as this was a “normal” result of democracy. The United States government fell into a partial shutdown at midnight on 1 October after Republican and Democrat leaders failed to strike a deal over the budget. Markets largely ignored the deadlock, but economists have said it would most likely have a broader impact if it last for more than a few days, and could potentially drag further down an economic recovery...
  • Barroso: More EU integration ‘indispensable for our economy’

    04/23/2013 3:39:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 23 April 2013 | Daniela Vincenti
    The European Union and the eurozone have already taken important federalist steps to counter the debt crisis, which go beyond mere economic governance, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said yesterday (22 April) at the 2013 Think Tank Dialogue. A few months after his state of the Union address, in which he called for turning the EU into “a federation of nation states,” the Commission chief tried to dissipate fears about federalism. “More integration is simply indispensable for our economy, to shield us from international rough weather to face strong completion and maintain the trust of markets and investors,” Barroso...
  • Putin slams Barroso: “You know you are wrong; you’re guilty”

    12/23/2012 1:51:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 21 December 2012
    The EU-Russia summit ended today (21 December) with no major decisions, but Russian President Vladimir Putin staged a show for the press, telling Commission President José Manuel Barroso that he was “not right” in his interpretation of energy liberalization rules. … “My friend from many years, Mr. Barroso, has for so long and so emotionally spoken, because he knew that he is not right; he is guilty,” Putin said, amidst laughter from the sizable Russian delegation. Turning to the press, he added: “Open Article 34 of our basic treaty with the EU and read for yourselves.” Article 34 of the...
  • Barroso mooted for third term as (EU) Commission president

    09/04/2012 8:58:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 09/04/2012 @ 17:41 | Honor Mahony
    European commission President Jose Manuel Barroso should stand for an unprecedented third term in office, one of his senior colleagues has said. "With Jose Manuel Barroso, we have a very good and active President, who I admire for his strength, his legal mind, his patience and his wisdom in managing the current crisis," Viviane Reding, in charge of justice, told EurActiv Italy. "My personal wish would be that Jose Manuel stays on for a third term. Because I am sure that we need continuity and stability at the helm of governments in the years to come to continue to make...
  • Barroso Talks Peace and Iran with Netanyahu

    07/09/2012 3:53:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/7/12 | Elad Benari
    José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, met on Monday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The two leaders “discussed the importance of expanding cooperation between Israel and Europe in all areas, Iran's effort to arm itself with nuclear weapons and the resumption of the peace talks with the Palestinians,” Netanyahu's office said in a statement quoted by AFP. European Union officials said in a statement that the two leaders “also discussed the regional situation with president Barroso stating the EU's support for democratic change and political and economic reforms in the wider neighborhood.” The statement added, “They also...
  • Barroso in Palestine: 'We are laying foundations of future state' (backstabbing Israel)

    07/09/2012 1:21:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07/06/2012 @ 09:01 | Andrew Rettman
    European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso has pledged support for a future Palestinian state on his first official trip to the region. Speaking alongside Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah on Sunday (8 July) he said that "through our … political and financial support, we are laying the foundations of a future democratic and viable Palestinian state—its institutions and its infrastructure." He voiced "concern" about "the continuous growth of [Irsaeli] settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem."He also "welcomed" the prospect of a unity government between the more moderate Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the militant...
  • Barroso lashes out at British Tories over eurozone crisis

    07/04/2012 11:32:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 04 July 2012
    Addressing the European Parliament yesterday (3 July) in Strasbourg, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso slammed British euroskeptics for their divisive behavior and taking pleasure in the eurozone's troubles. "Let me tell you that it is puzzling that you seem to delight in the difficulties of the euro area," Barroso told the British Tories, adding that this was in stark contrast with the position taken by Prime Minister David Cameron. Barroso was taking aim especially at Conservative MEP Martin Callanan, who has repeatedly criticized bank bailouts as wasting taxpayers' money and talked in favor of eurozone exits for some countries....
  • EC President Blames US For Financial Crisis in Europe

    06/19/2012 6:44:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The G-20 summit off to a great start if you like fireworks, endless bickering, and finger-pointing. Otherwise these summits are totally useless. When asked by a Canadian journalist "Why should North Americans risk their assets to help Europe?" EC President José Barroso replied "Frankly, we are not here to receive lessons in terms of democracy or in terms of how to handle the economy." The Guardian has further details in Barroso blames eurozone crisis on US banks. The opening day of the G20 summit was threatening to deteriorate into a fractious row between eurozone countries and other non-European members of...
  • Barroso defends EU-wide financial transaction tax

    03/22/2012 10:11:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    European Voice ^ | 22.03.2012 / 17:07 CET | Constant Brand
    The European Commission has defended its proposal to introduce a financial transaction tax (FTT), saying that it could substantially reduce member states' contributions to the EU budget. José Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, said today (22 March) that the use of an FTT to finance part of the EU budget would give the EU the funds it needed to pay for priority programs on jobs and growth.He told a conference of MEPs and national parliamentarians from across the EU in Brussels that if the EU's budget was funded by an FTT, it would cut national contributions by half. …...
  • Barroso says crisis has brought Britain closer to euro

    12/01/2008 3:11:45 PM PST · by BGHater · 2 replies · 359+ views
    AFP ^ | 30 Nov 2008 | AFP
    The international financial crisis has set off a radical change in thinking in Britain about the euro, EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso said Sunday. While acknowledging the majority opposition in Britain to embracing the euro, Barroso told French radio: "We are now closer than ever before." He added: "I'm not going to break the confidentiality of certain conversations, but some British politicians have already told me: 'If we had the euro, we would have been better off'." Sterling has suffered major falls in the credit crunch which has seen Britain, like other governments, spend massively in recent months to...
  • Brussels warns Russia on EU unity

    05/18/2007 4:50:13 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 7 replies · 705+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, May 18, 2007
    The tension at the summit was palpable, one EU official said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has told Russia that any problems it has with an individual EU state are problems with the whole bloc.Speaking at an EU-Russian summit, Mr Barroso said the EU was based on principles of solidarity. The summit, near the city of Samara, was marred by Moscow's rows with countries including Estonia and Poland. Disputes between Moscow and Brussels have also arisen over the status of Kosovo, energy supplies and trade. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country holds the EU's rotating presidency, expressed concern...
  • Barroso disappointed at lack of EU support for Pope

    09/24/2006 6:17:05 AM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 345+ views
    Scotsman ^ | Sat 23 Sep 2006
    Barroso disappointed at lack of EU support for Pope BERLIN (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso was quoted as saying on Saturday that more European leaders should have spoken out in support of the Pope after he made controversial comments on Islam. "I was disappointed there were not more European leaders who said 'naturally the Pope has the right to express his views'," Barroso was quoted as saying to the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. "The problem is not the statements of the Pope but the reaction of the extremists," the paper quoted him as saying in a preview...
  • I DO call it Conspiracy

    06/24/2006 7:01:38 AM PDT · by found_one · 11 replies · 445+ views
    http://www.laiglesforum.com ^ | 9-24-2006 | Don Laigle
    THE SUPRANATIONAL MOVEMENT AND THE DANGEROUS POLICIES IT CREATES I do call it Conspiracy (Part 1 of a Three-Part Series) by Don Laigle Last Tuesday, during the EU-US summit with President Bush, EU President José Barroso innocently asked for visa-free travel to the US for all European citizens. Barroso, of all people, ought to know the risk this would pose for the American people. Because the president of his home country, socialist José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, is behind an open border policy (see Part 2 of this report at Laigles Forum) that has even ranking EU officials feeling uneasy, and...
  • Barroso Gives Full Support to Denmark in Cartoon Crisis (EC President)

    02/14/2006 11:44:22 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 5 replies · 412+ views
    Zaman Online (Turkey) ^ | 2/14/2006 | Staff
    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso announced his support to Denmark over the cartoons ridiculing Prophet Mohammed and outraging Muslims. The president, who declared in a statement to Jyllands-Posten daily, the paper responsible for first publishing the cartoons, said freedom of speech is one of the pillars of Europe. Nothing can vindicate violence, he said. "We should say to those who condemn the cartoons that freedom of speech is not a matter for discussion. This is a basic value of European society."
  • Barroso issues rallying call to EU leaders

    06/04/2005 10:21:55 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 6 replies · 318+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | June 4, 2005 | Staff
    Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, has urged EU leaders to "turn a crisis into an opportunity".He said it was now up to them to pull Europe together, avoid the "blame game" and address the conflicting issues which led to this week's emphatic rejection of the constitutional treaty by French and Dutch voters. Mr Barroso was speaking in Messina, Sicily, on the 50th anniversary of the six-nation conference there which launched the common market, now the European Union. The Commission president took full advantage of the irony of the timing, pointing out that the circumstances then were...
  • Tory suspended for lining up with UKIP over sleaze

    05/26/2005 1:53:28 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 2 replies · 617+ views
    The Times ^ | May 26, 2005 | Anthony Browne
    THE Conservative Party suspended an MEP yesterday after he supported the UK Independence Party in a censure motion against José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission. The UKIP had succeeded in overcoming overwhelming opposition from the Brussels political establishment to make Senhor Barroso defend himself against sleaze allegations days before European referendums in France and the Netherlands. In an extraordinary piece of political drama, Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader in the European Parliament, faced booing in the chamber and was denounced as a demagogue and accused of trying to undermine the Commission’s reputation before the referendums. Roger Helmer,...
  • Message of hope, but reality of restrictions from the EU.

    03/19/2005 1:49:12 PM PST · by lizol · 1 replies · 172+ views
    Message of hope, but reality of restrictions from the EU From Poland A.M. Jose Manuel Barroso, the head of the European Commission, who will meet with Prime Minister Marek Belka in Warsaw today, is bringing with him a message to Poles, "Do not be afraid of the EU, treat it fairly!" Meanwhile, earlier on Thursday Denmark announced that it would introduce restrictions on employing labor from the EU new member states. The Danish government bowed to pressure from the trade unions and decided to limit employment under the pretext of protecting the country from "Social dumping". Brussels does not want...
  • French could vote against the Constitution

    03/18/2005 7:01:36 AM PST · by Alex Marko · 30 replies · 747+ views
    For the first time a poll has shown that a majority of French people are likely to vote against the European Constitution. The new poll, conducted this week by the CSA Institute, has found that 51 per cent of those questioned are planning to vote against the Constitution and 49 per cent will vote ‘yes’, reports today's Le Parisien. According to this poll, as much as 53 per cent of French voters are likely to abstain during the referendum, taking place on 29 May. "If the ‘no’ prevails, France will be in for a political cataclysm", Jacques Delors, the former...
  • Barroso's thermostat set on cool for Bush

    02/21/2005 11:41:41 AM PST · by untenured · 3 replies · 298+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | Feb. 22, 2005 | John Vinocur
    BRUSSELS It was as if a visitor to the office of the president of the European Commission was watching caution's cloak descend in slo-mo over José Manuel Barroso's shoulders, and eurospeak, like a Denver boot, clamp tightly onto his tongue. A yellow go-slow light seemed to bathe the room. A gentle, nonconfrontational question had been soft-tossed in his direction - how would the European Union's top guy define himself for George W. Bush, who is his guest at dinner tonight? - and Barroso came back with a belt-and-suspenders answer: "As a committed European who wants to work in a loyal...
  • EU's Incoming Chief Wants to Help in Iraq

    08/20/2004 12:33:38 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 334+ views
    AP Wire | August 20 2004 | PAUL GEITNER/AP
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - European governments should put divisions over Iraq behind them and join in helping the United States restore order there, the European Union's incoming chief executive said in an interview published Friday. "Some people in Europe may think that it is good that things are going badly for the U.S." in Iraq, European Commission President-designate Jose Manuel Barroso said in the interview with five European newspapers. "I really think that is an irrational and a bad policy." As Portugal's prime minister, Barroso supported the U.S.-led invasion, hosting a prewar summit with the leaders of the United States, Britain...
  • New Europe has deposed the old and seized Brussels

    08/18/2004 2:38:46 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 6 replies · 581+ views
    The Times ^ | August 19, 2004 | Rosemary Righter
    But the new EU commissioners will have to combat the army of regualtion freaksTHE KING lies there like a beached whale, but he is not yet dead, nor will he die for another ten dreary weeks. His ministers are still formally in office, lingering until November 1 like ghosts, in a machine that is barely ticking over. Yet not only has Romano Prodi’s successor as President of the European Commission been crowned; he is already shaping the character of his reign. Tomorrow, rudely interrupting the deep slumbers of Brussels in August, José Manuel Durão Barroso will hold an “informal” first...
  • Welcome to New Europe

    08/16/2004 5:13:55 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 508+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 16, 2004 | Editorial
    ... As Jose Manuel Barroso read the names of the Commissioners he had chosen for the key portfolios, it became clear that the center of gravity has shifted. France and Germany are no longer calling the shots. Almost none of the duo's central demands were met while all important economic positions went to avowed free-marketers. It all began when 10 new members, mostly from the former Communist East, joined the EU in May. In contrast to Paris and Berlin, the newcomers pursue largely free-market policies and support the U.S. war in Iraq. Heralding that tectonic shift in the balance of...
  • A turning point in EU history

    08/15/2004 8:39:24 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 8 replies · 485+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday August 14, 2004
    Barroso has assigned responsibilities for the next five years Saturday August 14, 2004 The Guardian Independent Editorial, August 13 "[Jose Manuel Barroso, the incoming president of the European commission] unveiled the portfolios for the 24 men and women who will from November 1 steer the EU over the coming five years ... The biggest surprise was that Mr Barroso gave charge of competition and the internal market to the Netherlands and Ireland respectively. Both are areas in which the French and Germans have repeatedly clashed with the outgoing commission in pursuit of their own narrow national interests. This was Mr...
  • Barroso criticises 'arrogant' America

    07/13/2004 10:08:21 PM PDT · by El Conservador · 18 replies · 309+ views
    Financial Times ^ | July 13, 2004 | Raphael Minder
    minister who has been nominated as president of the European Commission, on Tuesday criticised the US for its occasional "arrogance" and sought to distance himself from some of his recent domestic policies by underlining his social and environmental credentials. Questioned on Portugal's involvement in the US-led war coalition in Iraq, on the first day of hearings before the European parliament, Mr Barroso said that, while he was a long-standing admirer of the US, he also hated what he described as American "arrogance" and "unilateralism". He added: "I think there are magnificent things that exist in the US as well as...
  • Barroso criticises 'arrogant' America

    07/13/2004 5:38:14 PM PDT · by notforhire · 12 replies · 383+ views
    Financial Times ^ | Raphael Minder
    José Manuel Barroso, the outgoing Portuguese prime minister who has been nominated as president of the European Commission, on Tuesday criticised the US for its occasional "arrogance" and sought to distance himself from some of his recent domestic policies by underlining his social and environmental credentials. Questioned on Portugal's involvement in the US-led war coalition in Iraq, on the first day of hearings before the European parliament, Mr Barroso said that, while he was a long-standing admirer of the US, he also hated what he described as American "arrogance" and "unilateralism". He added: "I think there are magnificent things that...
  • Barroso to start parliament charm offensive

    07/03/2004 12:27:23 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 2 replies · 297+ views
    Euobserver ^ | 1 July 2004 | Sharon Spiteri
    EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The selection of Jos?anuel Dur?Barroso as Commission President has had mixed reviews among the parliament groups which will have to approve him for the post. After his nomination by EU leaders last Tuesday, Mr Barroso still needs a majority of the 732 deputies in the European Parliament to back his candidature at a meeting in Strasbourg later this month. Although the Portuguese can count on the support of the centre-right EPP group, with 279 seats, the next two largest groups, the Socialists (199 members) and the Liberals - likely to reach 80 MEPs, have not yet...
  • Paris exacts a price as EU chief is named

    06/29/2004 6:00:24 PM PDT · by 1066AD · 2 replies · 108+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 6/30/2004 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Paris exacts a price as EU chief is named By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in Brussels (Filed: 30/06/2004) Portugal's free-market prime minister was named as the next president of the European Commission last night, but only after France and Germany insisted on control of economic policy in return for their support. José Manuel Durão Barroso, a Thatcherite reformer and supporter of the Iraq war, will take over from Romano Prodi in November, assuming that he is confirmed by Euro-MPs later this month. At a special summit of European Union leaders, Javier Solana of Spain was re-appointed to run the foreign policy machinery,...
  • Blair's Man to Take over European Commission( pro-American,Thatcher admirer)

    06/27/2004 10:38:51 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 1 replies · 95+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 06/28/04 | Geoff Meade
    Blair's Man to Take over European Commission By Geoff Meade, Europe editor, PA News in Brussels The credentials of the compromise candidate for President of the European Commission have been questioned just hours after his name was confirmed by Irish premier Bertie Ahern. The nomination of Portuguese prime minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso has won a wide consensus in EU capitals and will be put forward formally at a mini-summit in Brussels tomorrow night. The move should end weeks of wrangling – including a bitter clash between Tony Blair and French President Jacques Chirac – over who should replace Romano...
  • Blair wins battle for new EU head

    06/27/2004 10:28:49 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 23 replies · 166+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | June 28, 2004 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Britain and the other "new Europe" states have scored a victory over the old Franco-German alliance with the likely appointment of Portugal's prime minister as the head of the European Commission. Paris and Berlin indicated yesterday that they were willing to lift their veto of Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, a free-market reformer with close ties to the United States, ending weeks of rancorous disputes. Jose Manuel Durao Barroso Bertie Ahern, the Irish leader and current holder of the European Union presidency, said the no-nonsense lawyer from Lisbon had broad backing from the 25 member states as they prepare to gather...
  • Portuguese PM Could Head EU Commission

    06/27/2004 11:01:11 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 127+ views
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 27.06.2004
    Portuguese Prime Minister Durao Barroso may become the new president of the European Commission after Irish PM Ahern confirmed his nomination Sunday. German Chancellor Schröder has also signaled approval. The long search for a successor to Romano Prodi may well be over. On Sunday, Irish Prime Minister and president of the rotating EU presidency, Bertie Ahern said on Sky TV that he intends to nominate José Manuel Durao Barroso to become president of the European Commission. "I am very pleased to be able to confirm that there is overwhelming support for the appointment of Portuguese Prime Minister Barroso as president...
  • THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Our Iberian allies

    03/17/2003 4:18:05 PM PST · by MadIvan · 11 replies · 218+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | March 18, 2003 | The Daily Telegraph
    It is no easy thing to take on domestic and international opinion simultaneously, and Tony Blair, as many have remarked, is behaving with great courage. Yet this is even more true of the other two European participants in the Azores war summit: Spain's Jose Maria Aznar, and Portugal's Jose Manuel Durao Barroso. The two Iberians are taking huge risks. Unlike Mr Blair, who is able to rely on the sincere support of the Opposition, they have to face socialist parties desperate to wring every drop of electoral advantage they can from the war. Nor are their publics accustomed, as the...