Barroso: EU constitution could be changed

STRASBOURG, France, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The administration of the European Union says its constitution may have to be revised within 10 years, the Independent reported Friday.

European tsunami aid will be near $2B

JAKARTA, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- European Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced Thursday an additional package of up to $585 million in aid to help in the tsunami relief efforts.

China Wen to attend Thurs. tsunami meeting

SINGAPORE, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- More heads of states will attend the Jakarta meeting Thursday to discuss coordination of relief efforts for the Indian Ocean tsunami tragedy.

Europe cautiously pleased with Ukraine

BRUSSELS, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- European leaders expressed cautious optimism for the election process and results in Ukraine, which is still sharply divided between East and West.

Portugal prepares for general election

LISBON, Portugal, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Portugal's president, whose current tenure in office is a mere four months, has set Feb. 20 as the date for a general election.

Ukraine court freezes election results

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Ukraine's highest court suspended publication of the presidential election results Thursday to review complaints of vote-rigging, the BBC said.

Yanukovych wins Ukraine election

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Ukraine's election commission declared pro-Moscow Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych the winner of the contentious presidential election Wednesday.

EU to aid Slovakia after wind devastation

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The European Union will offer Slovakia aid from its Solidarity Fund after high winds devastated large sections of forest in the Tatra Mountains.

European Commission hit by fresh dispute

BRUSSELS, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The European Commission was abuzz over a new commissioner on its first day in office Monday after learning he was convicted of embezzlement, the BBC reported.

European Parliaments OKs new commission

BRUSSELS, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The European Parliament approved a new slate of commissioners Tuesday in a delayed start of the new president's administration.

Reshuffled European Commission faces vote

BRUSSELS, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Three candidates for the European Commission face nomination hearings at the Europan Parliament this week after the withdrawal of nominee Rocco Buttiglione.

Barroso names new commissioners

BRUSSELS, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The new head of the European Commission has re-submitted key nominations in hopes of gaining parliamentary approval.

EU nominee withdraws amid harsh criticism

ROME, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A controversial Italian politician, whose nomination to a European Union post threatened to halt other EU nominations, withdrew Saturday from consideration.

EU chief Barroso backs down

STRASBOURG, France, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Facing a defeat by EU lawmakers Wednesday, European Commission President-designate Jose-Manuel Barroso delayed a vote on his incoming executive team.

EU proposes narrowing Buttiglione duties

BRUSSELS, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The incoming European Commission president has proposed redefining the duties of controversial conservative justice commissioner Rocco Buttiglione.
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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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