London (AFP) - European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso will argue that Britain is better in the European Union on Monday, as pressure mounts from British eurosceptics seven months out from a general election.
Last Friday, we were impressed by Goldman's brazenness when the bank, whose alumni have populated virtually all prominent central banks, announced it had hired the former president of the EU Jose Manuel Barroso, as a non-executive chairman and advisor, in what was a clear move to lobby for even more clout within a Europe that is suddenly teetering on the edge of chaos, and where Goldman's proximity will come in very lucrative when the Eurozone finally tips over.
EU Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso's new team is set to get the green light from the European parliament Tuesday, ending a three-month limbo period during the bloc's worst ever economic crisis.The mandate of Barroso's first team of policy commissioners officially ran out at the end of October but problems in ratifying the EU's reforming Lisbon Treaty, followed by the parliament's rejection of Bulgaria's choice for EU humanitarian aid commissioner, kept the outgoing team on in a caretaker capacity.
The head of the European Commission has warned governments to grasp the gravity of the eurozone crisis now threatening Italy and urged greater EU integration, after a rescue for Spanish banks fell flat.
European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso announced the nominations for his new team Wednesday, with conservatives to the fore and more women members than the outgoing EU executive."I am pleased to have received nominations from all member states. Now it is my job to allocate the right portfolios to the right people," Barroso said."I look forward to presenting a strong commission team to the European parliament," which will vet all the commissioners in January.