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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.

Chad helping Seleka in CAR, Human Rights Watch says

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said Wednesday there were signs peacekeepers from Chad were helping Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic regroup.
Georgia within sight of EU association

Georgia within sight of EU association

BRUSSELS, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Tuesday signing an association agreement with Georgia this year was at the top of his agenda.

EU, Georgia move closer to formal association

BRUSSELS, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- An association agreement between Georgia and the European Union should be signed to secure strong bilateral ties, the European Commission president said Monday.

Putin: German gas line should run at full steam

BRUSSELS, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said an extension of the Nord Stream gas pipeline through Germany should be able to operate at its full capacity.

Europe warns Ukraine of consequences of unrest

BRUSSELS, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told his Ukrainian counterpart Thursday there may be consequences for unrest in the former Soviet republic.

EU 'shocked' by events unfolding in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday he was "shocked" by the level of violence surrounding ongoing protests in Ukraine.

Europe ups target for greenhouse gas reductions

BRUSSELS, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The European Commission presented an energy framework Wednesday that calls for a greater reduction in emissions and new targets for renewable energy.
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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
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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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