Barroso urges France to vote pro-EU

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Russia, EU begin accession road-map talks

MOSCOW, May 10 (UPI) -- Senior European Union and Russian officials began talks in Moscow Tuesday to lay out the framework for Russia's eventual accession into the union.

Britain pressured to give up rebate

PARIS, March 24 (UPI) -- France's president wants an end to Britain's approximately $5 billion budget rebate from the European Union, but London is warning Paris to forget about it.

EU summit another missed opportunity

BRUSSELS, March 23 (UPI) -- As European Union leaders concluded their economic summit on Wednesday bestowing congratulatory remarks on the success of the Lisbon relaunch and confirming fur
DONNA BORAK, UPI Business Correspondent

EU dampens fears over services law

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EU stability pact reform causes ripples

BRUSSELS, March 21 (UPI) -- Former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok's fears that the two-day spring summit in Brussels starting Tuesday will be dominated by talks on easing restrictions on the
DONNA BORAK, UPI Business Correspondent

Brussels, Paris clash over EU constitution

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EU cuts red tap to push growth

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UPI Energy Watch

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Italian and Spanish: Sine qua non in EU

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Kyoto Protocol takes effect

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Macedonia: ready for EU negotiations

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EU VP says Europe economy is worse

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EU: Europe needs U.S., U.S. needs Europe

BRUSSELS, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday Europe and the United States need each other "more than ever."

France balks at EU single job market plan

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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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