Ukrainian president doesn't sign EU accord under pressure from Russia

Ukrainian president doesn't sign EU accord under pressure from Russia

VILNIUS, Lithuania, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Georgia and Moldova signed accords with the European Union Friday, but Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych would not agree to a similar deal, EU leaders said.

EU presses Israel on Mideast peace

BRUSSELS, March 7 (UPI) -- Israel is a partner to the European Union, though it must remain committed to honoring Palestinian aspirations, European Commission President Jose Barroso said.

Myanmar needs help with reform, EU says

BRUSSELS, March 5 (UPI) -- The European Union is encouraged by reforms by Myanmar's government but European Commission President Jose Barroso said more work is needed.

EU says reforms needed in Ukraine

BRUSSELS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A meeting Monday between the Ukrainian and European officials was conducted in a positive light but reforms are needed, the European Commission president said.

Air pollution concerns European leaders

BRUSSELS, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The European Union needs better air pollution rules after new research finds more consequences for human health, said Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik.

Soccer player barred for attack on writer

MONTPELLIER, France, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Montpellier defender Cyril Jeunechamp has been suspended for one year following his attack on a journalist, French soccer league officials said Friday.

Chinese, EU energy sectors interconnected

BRUSSELS, May 4 (UPI) -- Energy choices that European and Chinese leaders make will have global effects because of the size of their economies, an official said from Brussels.

EU waits for Italy's austerity plan

ROME, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The European Commission said it was waiting to hear from Rome how Italy will manage its financial troubles.
EU calls for energy reforms at G20

EU calls for energy reforms at G20

SEOUL, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Reforms are needed in markets driving the energy sector in order to usher in a greener economy, an EU leader said at the G20 summit in South Korea.
Barroso re-elected as EP president

Barroso re-elected as EP president

BRUSSELS, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The European Parliament, by an overwhelming margin, elected Jose Barroso to a second five-year term as European Commission president.
Commission president pushes for jobs

Commission president pushes for jobs

BRUSSELS, March 19 (UPI) -- European Commission President Jose Barroso said eurozone member states should focus their financial resources on social problems as well as banks.

Britain and the euro

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Renewed speculation about Britain joining the euro should be discounted; wily Labor politicians have set a trap for the Conservative opposition.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

IEA lauds European Energy Policy

PARIS, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- For the first time, the Paris-based International Energy Agency endorsed the European Energy Policy.

The Irish 'No' won't last

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- European leaders are plotting how to get around the rejection of the new European treaty in the Irish referendum. They have done it before and will do it again, but will weaken the EU's already fragile democratic legitimacy in the process.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

EU to open seed vault in Norway

OSLO, Norway, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- European officials plan to head to Norway for the official opening of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, designed as a safety net for the world's crop diversity.
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José Manuel Durão Barroso (Portuguese pronunciation: ; born 23 March 1956) is a Portuguese politician. He is the 11th and current President of the European Commission, since 23 November 2004. He served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 6 April 2002 to 17 July 2004.

Durão Barroso (as he is known in Portugal) graduated in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon and has an MSc in Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Geneva (Institut Européen de l'Université de Genève) in Switzerland. His academic career continued as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon. He did research for a Ph.D at Georgetown University and Georgetown's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. but his CV does not list any doctoral degree (except honorary). He is a 1998 graduate of the Georgetown Leadership Seminar. Back in Lisbon, Barroso became Director of the Department for International Relations at Lusíada University (Universidade Lusíada). He received honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh in 2006, Warsaw School of Economics in 2007, the University of Liverpool on 3 July 2008 and from Chemnitz University of Technology on 8 May 2009.

Barroso's political activity began in his college days, before the Carnation Revolution of 25 April 1974. He was one of the leaders of the underground Maoist MRPP (Reorganising Movement of the Proletariat Party, later PCTP/MRPP, Communist Party of the Portuguese Workers/Revolutionary Movement of the Portuguese Proletariat). In an interview with the newspaper Expresso, he said that he had joined MRPP to fight the only other student body movement, also underground, which was controlled by the Communist Party. Despite this justification there is a very famous political 1976 interview recorded by RTP in which he criticises the bourgeois education system which "throws students against workers and workers against students", showing clear left-wing and Maoist inclinations. In December 1980, Barroso joined the right-of-centre PPD (Democratic Popular Party, later PPD/PSD-Social Democratic Party), where he remains to the present day.

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