EU works to stop Russian action against Ukraine

EU works to stop Russian action against Ukraine

BRUSSELS, March 21 (UPI) -- European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Friday the European Union was obligated to stop Russia from violating Ukraine's sovereignty.

Gazprom wants dibs on Crimean natural gas

MOSCOW, March 19 (UPI) -- Russian energy company Gazprom aims to tap into the more than 50 billion cubic feet of gas available in Crimea, a deputy leader from the region said.

Hague warns Russia of 'consequences' over Ukrainian action

BRUSSELS, March 17 (UPI) -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday there will be "long-term costs and consequences" for Russia's action in Ukraine and Crimea.

EU announced suspension of most Ukraine tariffs

STRASBOURG, France, March 12 (UPI) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called Wednesday for increased pressure to get Russia to the negotiating table.

Europe proposes economic relief for Ukraine

BRUSSELS, March 11 (UPI) -- The European Commission said Tuesday it was considering giving Ukraine temporary relief on customs duties until November 1, when formal deals are expected.
Outdated foreign policy led to Ukrainian crisis, EU says

Outdated foreign policy led to Ukrainian crisis, EU says

BRUSSELS, March 5 (UPI) -- The crisis over Ukraine stems from an outdated policy that prioritizes a regional balance of power, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said.

EU sees lingering challenges to Ukrainian aid

BERLIN, March 3 (UPI) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Monday there are challenges in Ukraine standing in the way of full economic support.

Europe extends hand to Nigerian security

ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The European Commission said Thursday a $20.5 million program would help Nigerian forces bolster their capabilities following this week's deadly attacks.
London has 'extreme' concerns about Ukrainian unrest

London has 'extreme' concerns about Ukrainian unrest

LONDON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- British Minister for Europe David Lidington said Thursday he summoned the Ukrainian envoy to express his "extreme concern" over political violence in Kiev.

U.S. may join EU call for sanctions against Ukraine leaders

BRUSSELS, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The United States will coordinate with the European Union on a response to violence in Ukraine that has left at least 26 people dead, the White House said.

Dialogue, not death, needed in Ukraine, Pillay says

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday what Ukraine needs is a national dialogue to resolve a political crisis, not violence.

Commission president warns Scotland joining EU may be difficult

BRUSSELS, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said it would be very difficult for an independent Scotland to join the European Union.
More talks on Cyprus set for Feb., U.N. says

More talks on Cyprus set for Feb., U.N. says

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Meetings are scheduled between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot negotiators next week, a U.N. mission for Cyprus said Friday.

EU welcomes Greek, Turkish handshakes

BRUSSELS, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Leaders from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities have shown their courage by agreeing to resume talks, top European leaders said Tuesday.

Geneva II 'only vehicle' left for Syria, EU's Barroso says

BRUSSELS, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said a peace conference in Geneva is the "only vehicle left" to engage Syrian leaders on political transition.
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José Manuel Durão Barroso (Portuguese pronunciation: ; born 23 March 1956) is a Portuguese politician. He is 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 PhD 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 many Universities listed under honorary degrees.

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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