Azeri gas could save Nabucco, hurt Ukraine

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Azerbaijan has pledged to supply "substantial volumes" of natural gas to Europe, in a deal that could be a lifesaver for the European Union-backed Nabucco pipeline.

Nabucco welcomes EU-Azeri gas declaration

VIENNA, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A joint declaration on natural gas between the European Union and Azerbaijan paves the way toward starting the Nabucco gas project, the consortium announced.
EU leaders demand more budget cuts

EU leaders demand more budget cuts

BRUSSELS, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The European Commission, in its first oversight of national budgets, demanded even more cuts Wednesday.
EU trumpets energy efficiency

EU trumpets energy efficiency

BRUSSELS, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- It is critically important for the European community to have a unified energy strategy with efficiency at the top of the agenda, an official said.
EU to miss efficiency target, Barroso says

EU to miss efficiency target, Barroso says

BRUSSELS, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- European Union countries aren't doing enough to meet the body's energy efficiency targets, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has warned.
Energy next EU integration phase

Energy next EU integration phase

BRUSSELS, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Finding a common energy policy for EU member states will be the next phase in integration, the president of the European Commission said from Brussels.

Hungary under fire over new media law

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Hungary's newly enacted law that places restrictions on media has met with criticism by European Union members and the European Commission.
U.S. markets slide on Black Friday

U.S. markets slide on Black Friday

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. stock markets slid on Black Friday, with investors ignoring the retail blitz and concentrating on worries in Europe.

Reports conflict over aid for Portugal

BRUSSELS, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Financial Times Deutschland said the European Central Bank was pressuring Portugal to reach out for an international bailout.
EU seeks balance in climate talks

EU seeks balance in climate talks

BRUSSELS, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A balanced set of decisions is needed to find a common environmental agreement in Cancun, Mexico, the president of the European Union said in Brussels.

EU backs reforms for Ukrainian gas sector

BRUSSELS, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The European Union will finance two feasibility studies for upgrades to Ukraine's gas transit system, the president of the European Commission said.
Barroso says EU 'withstood' financial test

Barroso says EU 'withstood' financial test

STRASBOURG, France, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the European Union came through the financial meltdown, not unscathed, but intact.

Predictors of EU's demise were 'wrong'

STRASBOURG, France, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The president of the European Commission says people who predicted the demise of the European Union over the economic crisis have been "proved wrong."

Poland advocates for EU cohesion policy

BRUSSELS, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said he was pushing for the European Commission to maintain strong support for the poorer European Union states.

Obama to meet with EU leaders on Nov. 20

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The White House press secretary said President Obama will participate in a summit with European Union leaders Nov. 20.
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Jose Manuel Barroso
European Council High Representative Javier Solana, U.S. President Barack Obama, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and Prime Minister of Sweden Fredrik Reinfeldt, (L to R) walk from the Oval Office to the Cabinet Room to participate in the U.S.-European Union Summit at the White House November 3, 2009 in Washington. UPI/Olivier Douliery/POOL

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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