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  • Economy and justice top of Barroso II final year agenda

    Justice & Home Affairs 23-10-2013

    The Commission adopted yesterday (22 October) its work programme for the last year of mandate, which draws out an unprecedented framework to ensure respect for European values in member states.

  • Barroso savages British Tories for ‘looking like UKIP’

    Climate change 12-09-2013

    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has fired off an undiplomatic warning to British Conservatives that they risk losing out to the eurosceptic UKIP party in the next British elections, saying British voters would rather vote for the original than the copy.

  • MEPs unimpressed with Barroso’s state of the union

    Future EU 11-09-2013

    Despite much anticipation, the European Commission president’s yearly speech on the state of the Union today (11 September) failed to meet expectations, as MEPs told José Manuel Barroso that he offered an overly optimistic snapshot of the EU.

  • #AskBarroso campaign hijacked by pressure groups

    EU Priorities 2020 11-09-2013

    Pressure groups have "hijacked" a social media campaign by the cabinet of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso which asks citizens to address their questions to the hashtag #askbarroso ahead of his state of the union speech, EURACTIV has learned.

  • State of the Union 2013: Wrap-up

    EU Elections 2014 11-09-2013

    José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, today (11 September) delivered his 2013 'State of the Union' speech, after nine years spent at the helm of the EU executive. Follow the latest developments in our live feed below.

  • Barroso: ‘I deal with crises 24 hours a day, seven days a week’

    Social Europe & Jobs 06-09-2013

    As European Commission President José Manuel Barroso prepares for what could be his last State of the Union speech in Parliament next week, he has exchanged views with MEPs, exuding what participants say was an air of triumphalism over the Commission's handling of the eurozone crisis.

  • Obama calls for start of ‘comprehensive’ trade talks with EU

    Global Europe 13-02-2013

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday (12 February) called for talks on a far-reaching free trade agreement with the European Union, throwing his weight behind a deal that would encompass half the world's economic output.

  • Finnish minister disagrees with Barroso on EU treaty change

    Future EU 18-09-2012

    Finland's Europe minister Alexander Stubb questioned today (18 September) the need for a change to the European Union's treaty, saying such a move would require too much time and raise uncertainty.

  • Czech president rejects Barroso’s EU ‘federation’ plan

    Future EU 14-09-2012

    Eurosceptic Czech President Vaclav Klaus has flatly rejected a proposal by EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso for a major transformation of the European Union into a "federation of nation states", according to Czech press reports.

  • Reding calls for Barroso third term

    Future EU 04-09-2012

    European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding has called for the current Commission President José Manuel Barroso to stay on for an unprecedented third term, following a row with the Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

  • Obama goes after Wall Street but is silent on FTT

    Global Europe 26-01-2012

    US President Barack Obama used his last State of the Union speech before the November election to paint himself as the champion of the middle class, by demanding higher taxes for millionaires and tight reins on Wall Street. He made no reference, however, to a tax on financial transactions like the one proposed by the European Commission.

  • Union faces huge crisis of confidence, admits Barroso

    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.

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