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Barroso is a high ranking EU politician from Portugal. Portugal is Spain's chief foreign debtor. Both Spain and Portugal are amongst the much maligned PIGS and both have nominally socialist governments....Didn't seem outrageous.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jun 21st, 2010 at 10:47:39 AM EST
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Barroso is a member of the EPP (also known as the Enemy). He's also widely considered to be an incompetent idiot, which is why he was rewarded with a second term at the Commission. See here.

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 21st, 2010 at 10:56:25 AM EST
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