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EurActiv.com - German Social Democrats pave way for Barroso II | EU - European Information on EU Treaty & Institutions
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso seems well-placed to win a second term after the leader of Germany's Social Democrats, Franz Müntefering, said yesterday (27 May) that there was little point in the European Socialists naming their own alternative candidate in an attempt to halt the incumbent's re-appointment.

Müntefering's comments came as a boost to the former Portuguese prime minister's hopes of retaining his post when his five-year mandate expires later this year.

Müntefering told reporters that Barroso, backed by his party, the European People's Party, had done a competent job as head of the EU executive and had the support of some centre-left governments in Europe, including his native Portugal, neighbouring Spain and the UK.

Asked if Europe's centre-left would put up a challenge, he replied: "What would the point of that be?" "It would be naive to do that. There are 27 EU countries and 21 of those are led by conservative governments. And at least two others, Portugal and Spain, are for Barroso. Do you think the other four should put up a challenge?" he said.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 12:35:54 PM EST
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