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  • Which institutions for the euro area?

    Opinion | Future EU 21-09-2012

    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.

  • Finnish minister disagrees with Barroso on EU treaty change

    News | 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.

  • Delivering a ‘lead’ candidate for the 2014 European elections

    Opinion | Elections 17-09-2012

    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.

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

    News | 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

    News | 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

    News | 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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