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  • Barroso to Greece: ‘Deliver, deliver, deliver’

    News | Social Europe & Jobs 27-07-2012

    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso offered a public show of support to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in his first visit to Greece in three years, but warned that the nearly bankrupt country must make good on promises to reform.

  • [VIDEO] Barroso: Romania has shaken EU trust

    News | Central Europe 19-07-2012

    José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, has expressed worries about the political infighting in Romania. The EU Executive has used unprecedented language in its report on Romania’s progress under the monitoring mechanism of judicial reform and fight against corruption, published on Wednesday (18 July)

  • Barroso lashes out at British Tories over eurozone crisis

    News | Euro & Finance 04-07-2012

    Addressing the European Parliament yesterday (3 July) in Strasbourg, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso slammed British euro-sceptics for their divisive behaviour and  taking pleasure in the eurozone's troubles.

  • Green groups: Barroso team too slow on environment

    News | Climate change 03-07-2012

    The European Commission has been too slow in advancing earth-friendly policies on agriculture and energy, a group of environmentalists said today (3 July) in a mid-term scorecard of the EU executive’s performance.

  • Barroso prepares calendar for ‘more EU integration’

    News | Future EU 31-05-2012

    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has said he will propose a roadmap and "calendar" for more European integration at the next summit of EU leaders on 28-29 June, without discarding the possibility of a treaty change aimed at injecting more federalism into the Union.

  • Barroso sees ‘green’ Danish cities as an example for Europe

    News | Regional Policy 23-03-2012

    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has called for an end to “artificial” growth, fuelled by “irresponsible financial behaviour”, and asked for Europe's cities to follow the example of green capitals such as Copenhagen.

  • Commission buys time on eurobond proposal

    News | Euro & Finance 22-11-2011

    The European Commission will issue a 'green paper' on Wednesday (23 November) examining the scope for the introduction of eurobonds as a way to tackle the eurozone debt crisis. But the public consultation it will launch is unlikely to result in concrete proposals until next year, an EU official said.

  • Europe is not the cause of all your woes

    Opinion | Future EU 07-10-2011

    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.

  • Socialists: ‘Weathervane’ Barroso signals Europe’s left turn

    News | Elections 05-10-2011

    Commission President José Manuel Barroso is a 'weathervane' who is embracing Socialistic positions to tackle the eurozone crisis because he sniffs that "three big EU countries are turning to the left", prominent Socialists said yesterday (4 October).

  • MEPs, NGOs hail Tobin tax proposal

    News | Euro & Finance 29-09-2011

    The European Commission officially presented its proposal for a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) yesterday (28 September), to the acclaim of the European Parliament's largest political groups, trade unions and development NGOs. The business community and British Conservatives were among those who voiced their opposition in the absence of a global FTT.

  • Union faces huge crisis of confidence, admits Barroso

    News | Euro & Finance 28-09-2011

    In his annual "State of the Union" speech today (28 September), Commission President José Manuel Barroso admitted that the EU was confronted with the most serious crisis of confidence in its history and outlined proposals for moving toward an economic union, calling EU leaders to support further integration.

  • Analyst: Barroso should discipline ‘loose cannon’ commissioners

    Interview | Future EU 23-09-2011

    Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski, who promised in an election ad in his native Poland that his country would get €70 billion from the next EU budget, should be disciplined by the Commission President, or else the European Parliament may have to sanction the entire Commission, policy analyst Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Rehn admits Commission failings

    News | Euro & Finance 05-08-2011

    Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn today (5 August) apologised for “bad communication” that might have added fuel to the burning euro zone crisis. In a lengthy speech laced with explanations he attempted to mollify capitals irritated by a recent letter by his boss, Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

  • Barroso asks leaders to stand firm on pledges

    News | Future EU 04-08-2011

    Commission President José Manuel Barroso voiced support yesterday (3 August) for Italy and Spain – both under attack on financial markets – but acknowledged that as EU leaders have been slow to deliver on promises, investors now doubt whether the euro zone can overcome its sovereign debt woes.

  • EPP summit fails to discipline Greek opposition on austerity

    News | Euro & Finance 24-06-2011

    Antonis Samaras, the leader of Greece's main opposition party, the centre-right 'New Democracy', said yesterday (23 June) that he remained opposed to backing the country's austerity plan, seen as crucial for bailing out Greece and saving the euro.

  • Barroso draws Commission’s red lines ahead of summit

    News | Justice & Home Affairs 21-06-2011

    In a letter sent to EU heads of state and government, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has laid down his services' red lines regarding to the EU's priorities ahead of a summit on 23-24 June.

  • ‘Barroso’s girl’ runs for president of Bulgaria

    Opinion | Future EU 16-06-2011

    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.

  • EU-Russia ‘vegetable summit’ leaves bad aftertaste

    News | Global Europe 15-06-2011

    A compromise agreement reached between European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to allow imports of European vegetables to Russia following the E.coli crisis appears only to have further complicated the problem rather than helped solve it. 

  • Barroso warns Denmark on border checks

    News | Justice & Home Affairs 16-05-2011

    The European Commission has strongly warned against plans by Copenhagen to introduce controls at its ports and airports, the EU executive announced.

  • Barroso: Schengen reform is not ‘knee-jerk’ reaction

    News | Justice & Home Affairs 11-05-2011

    Seeking to strike a balance between France and Italy's calls for border controls within the Schengen border-free area to be reintroduced on demand and federalist views, according to which such a move would undermine the EU, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso admitted that such checks could be reinstated as "a last resort".

  • EU chiefs line up for John Paul II beatification

    News | Languages & Culture 28-04-2011

    Sunday's (1 May) beatification ceremony of Pope John Paul II will be attended by EU officials at the highest level, with Herman Van Rompuy, José Manuel Barroso and Jerzy Buzek all expected in Rome to mark the occasion. By contrast, most EU heads of state have instead chosen to mark Labour Day.

  • EU helps finance new Chernobyl sarcophagus

    News | Energy 19-04-2011

    Ukraine is looking to the world today (19 April) to pledge more funds to help it contain the consequences of history's worst nuclear accident. The EU, which has so far committed the lion's share to Chernobyl-related projects, committed another €110 million for a new sarcophagus, sealing the damaged reactor at least until the end of the century.

  • EU hoists its sails as Arab winds of change grow stronger

    News | Brexit 03-03-2011

    Ahead of a special EU summit on Libya and the South Mediterranean next week, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso described the unfolding events as "a rendez-vous with history". Hours later, UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg spoke of "the biggest geopolitical event of the last decade".

  • Putin outwits EU’s South Stream opponents

    News | Global Europe 25-02-2011

    On the sidelines of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's visit to Brussels yesterday (24 February), Moscow won the European Union's blessing to hold a promotional Brussels event to showcase the South Stream gas pipeline, which is largely seen as a competitor to the EU-favoured Nabucco pipeline.