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EUobserver / EU left to back Barroso under social agenda

EUOBSERVER / STRASBOURG - Socialists in the European Parliament have said they will reject any bid by Jose Manuel Barroso to lead the European Commission for a second term unless he agrees to initiate more social policies.

Their conditional backing comes as they have not been able to find a candidate of their own, mainly due to internal disagreements.

The socialists have no counter-candidate for Jose Manuel Barroso

The centre-right EPP, on the other hand, has already formally endorsed Mr Barroso for a second mandate ahead of the European elections on 4-7 June.

One of the names floated as a potential counter-candidate to Mr Barroso was former Danish Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, the leader of the European socialists. Yet this option appears to be off the table since at least two Socialist governments - the UK and Spain - openly back Mr Barroso.

by Fran on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 02:06:41 PM EST
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