Agence France-PresseApril 12, 2013 15:45
The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, called on the United States Friday to not underestimate Europe's economic strength.
"Our economic fundamentals remain strong. Europe is still the largest economy in the world," ahead of the United States, Barroso said in a speech in New York.
Even though Europe has been rocked by sovereign debt crisis, Barroso underscored the "surprising conclusion" that Europe's public finances look better in some ways that those of Japan and the United States.