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EurActiv.com - Barroso pushing for early decision on new Commission | EU - European Information on EU Elections 09
In an interview with several national newspapers, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said he was "very proud of the support" he had received from a variety of EU governments and political families, adding that he will be ready to start forming his new team as soon as his nomination becomes official.

In an interview with French newspaper Le Monde and other national newspapers, Barroso said he would make his decision "after the elections, taking into account the support from member states and the Parliament" after the European elections on 4-7 June.

Most European leaders have already lent their support to Barroso, including his own conservative family (EurActiv 16/10/08) and ruling socialists in key countries like Spain and the UK (EurActiv 17/03/09).

With the Party of European Socialists unable to agree on an alternative candidate - and barring last-minute surprises at the June European elections, which the conservatives are tipped to win - it therefore seems Barroso is set for a smooth re-appointment.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue May 19th, 2009 at 03:40:32 PM EST
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and ruling socialists in key countries like Spain

Idiots. When was that? And what was the bargain price?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed May 20th, 2009 at 03:17:56 AM EST
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The Greater Glory of Iberia.

(just as the Greater Glory of France and Germany is helping to shape the Commissioners' deal whereby Lagarde will get the common market portfolio and Merz will get another major portfolio...

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed May 20th, 2009 at 05:54:21 AM EST
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There was no bargain price - Brown, Zapatero and Socrates sabotaged the PES from within for no immediate gain. Zapatero isn't even touting the "greater glory of Iberia" as Jerome puts it. Because nobody in the Spanish Socialists is asking him publicly why he prefers Barroso to a Socialist...

The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buitler
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed May 20th, 2009 at 06:20:00 AM EST
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