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  • Barroso weighs options for new-look EU executive

    News | EU Priorities 2020 24-09-2009

    With the dawn of the second Barroso Commission, EURACTIV examines how portfolios may be restructured in a new-look EU executive. The likeliest high-profile changes include new commissioners for climate action and migration.

  • Barroso elected by Lisbon majority

    News | Future EU 16-09-2009

    The European Parliament today (16 September) gave José Manuel Barroso legitimacy to steer the European Commission for a second five-year term not only under the terms of the current Nice Treaty, but also under the tougher criteria of the Lisbon Treaty, which is still awaiting ratification in Ireland, the Czech Republic and Poland.

  • Barroso warns opponents not to weaken Europe

    News | Future EU 16-09-2009

    Concluding a marathon procedure to win MEPs' support ahead of today's parliamentary vote on his re-election, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso told his opponents in the European Parliament that they were making a mistake by trying to weaken him against the will of member states.

  • Wallström: Legal basis necessary to communicate

    Interview | Public Affairs 09-09-2009

    After trying for five years to find the right approach to communicating Europe, European Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström has come to the conclusion that the only way forward is to give the new commissioner control of citizenship legislation and the accompanying programmes and budget, she told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Next Commission needs ‘courage’ to redress Europe’s economy, experts say

    News | Brexit 31-08-2009

    Political analysts in Brussels are urging the next European Commission to be bolder and more strategic than it has been so far in proposing ways out of the crisis as it will have to ward off economic nationalism and win over EU governments and citizens.

  • EU Parliament puts Barroso bid on ice

    News | Future EU 20-07-2009

    Signalling a nerve-wracking wait for European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, leaders of the European Parliament's political groups have agreed to delay until 10 September their decision on when to stage a vote on the Portuguese's bid for a second term at the EU executive's helm.

  • Greens want true Parliament say on Barroso

    News | Future EU 17-06-2009

    Green leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit called for a proper parliamentary debate on the re-appointment of José Manuel Barroso as Commission president ahead of an EU summit this week, de facto anticipating a procedure foreseen under the EU's draft Lisbon Treaty.

  • German Social Democrats pave way for Barroso II

    News | Future EU 28-05-2009

    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso seems well-placed to win a second term after the leader of Germany's Social Democrats, Franz Müntefering, said yesterday (27 May) that there was little point in the European Socialists naming their own alternative candidate in an attempt to halt the incumbent's re-appointment.

  • New parliamentary majority required to reject Barroso

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 26-05-2009

    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.

  • Rasmussen: ‘Socialists will treat state aid differently if elected’

    Interview | EU Priorities 2020 30-04-2009

    If the Socialists gain more influence following the June European elections, there will be more state aid for economic restructuring cases, such as the Poland's Gda?sk shipyards, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, president of the Party of European Socialists, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview today.

  • EU offered timetable for Barroso’s successor

    News | Future EU 20-03-2009

    European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering threw down the gauntlet yesterday (19 March) by proposing to EU leaders meeting in Brussels that the next president of the European Commission be appointed on 15 July.

  • Conservative EU leaders endorse second Barroso term

    News | EU Priorities 2020 16-10-2008

    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso came a step closer to securing a second term in office after being informally endorsed by conservative EU government leaders at a meeting prior to the EU summit yesterday (15 October), according to a German government official.