About: Barroso

Ewald König, editor-in-chief & publisher EURACTIV Germany
Languages & Culture 17-01-2014

Prizes for Barroso and Van Rompuy – what for?

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso received the Carlos V Europe Prize in Spain last week, while European Council President Herman Van Rompuy received the International Charlemagne Prize in Aachen, Germany. Organisations should temporarily suspend prize-giving, argues Ewald König, saying it is high time to expose celebrity award inflation.
Future EU 05-09-2013

If Europe was stronger…

I would happily agree to transfer more powers to the European Union if in exchange they protected my interests more strongerly and efficiently than national institutions can provide, writes Ivailo Kalfin.
Future EU 18-12-2012

The Council’s brazen Nobel fraud

The message of the EU Council’s Nobel Prize exhibition is a tribute to France's General de Gaulle, writes David Price who wonders: Is the Council now openly declaring it is a Bastion of Gaullism?
Future EU 24-09-2012

Regional independence: Opening Pandora’s box

It is too simplistic to propose that a region could simply remain in the European Union after seceding from its EU member state and that the ‘evaporation theory’ of Belgium's New Flemish Alliance cannot adequately grasp all the political and legal problems which such a scenario would entail, say Guillaume Van der Loo and Merijn Chamon.
Future EU 21-09-2012

Which institutions for the euro area?

José Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy have already sketched out the broad outlines of an institutional architecture for the euro area that is sound in monetary matters but which needs to be further improved by combining effectiveness and legitimacy, writes António Vitorino.
Elections 17-09-2012

Delivering a ‘lead’ candidate for the 2014 European elections

In his latest State of the Union address to the European Parliament, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso asked all political parties to present a ‘lead’ candidate for the European elections. The reason that the call was such a surprise was that the Party of European Socialists has been working on this for the last three years, argues Sergei Stanishey.
Future EU 07-10-2011

Europe is not the cause of all your woes

José Manuel Barroso's State of the Union speech to the European Parliament presented a welcome contrast with the Euroscepticism and pessimism of public discourse in Europe today, argues Staffan Nilsson.
Future EU 16-06-2011

‘Barroso’s girl’ runs for president of Bulgaria

EURACTIV's Senior Editor Georgi Gotev takes a look at former EU Commissioner Meglena Kuneva's decision to run in upcoming presidential elections in Bulgaria, arguing that her image as someone with experience and contacts in Brussels could give her a crucial edge.

Is Barroso dodging the climate fight?

The message that European Commission President José Manuel Barroso delivered yesterday (8 December) to French media regarding the possibility of a non-binding agreement emerging from Copenhagen sends a troubling signal to activists and negotiators aiming to broker a compromise solution in the ongoing climate talks, argues Monica Frassoni, spokesperson of the European Green Party, in a Blogactiv post.
EU Priorities 2020 03-12-2009

Three cheers (and questions) for the new Commission

"The new European Commission unveiled last week by José Manuel Barroso constitutes an almost optimal solution. The president has demonstrated once again his tactical skills by making the most of the cards he had been dealt by the member states' governments," write Antonio Missiroli and Janis Emmanouilidis, senior researchers at the European Policy Centre (EPC), in a December paper.
EU Priorities 2020 02-10-2009

Barroso II’s political guidelines: A mixture of old and new?

"Let's hope [European Commission President José-Manuel] Barroso will be able to restore the Commission's position as a driving force [in European politics]," writes Olivier Lacoste, research director at Confrontations Europe, in a September paper.
EU Priorities 2020 25-09-2009

A new Barroso?

"The standing of the [European] Commission vis-à-vis the other institutions has fallen during the last five years. It is vital for the European Union that this trend be reversed," writes Stanley Crossick, founder of the European Policy Centre, in a July post on Blogactiv.
EU Priorities 2020 17-06-2009

Barroso on the spot before European Council nomination

"[European Commission President José Manuel] Barroso will have to tread carefully in selecting candidates for a new college," writes Michael Berendt, a former European Commission official and current public affairs advisor, in a June post on Blogactiv.
EU Priorities 2020 26-05-2009

New parliamentary majority required to reject Barroso

The European Parliament needs to produce a majority in 2009 because there are "so many reasons for change," writes Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, president of the Party of European Socialists (PES), in a post on Blogactiv.
EU Priorities 2020 14-05-2009

The European Commission 2004-09: A Politically Weakened Institution?

The European Commission has been "politically weakened" under President José Manuel Barroso's stewardship, suggests a European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN) report compiled by national experts from 25 EU member states.