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G7 calls on Russia to stop all efforts to 'annex' Crimea: EU's Barroso

The Group of Seven most developed economies is calling on Russia to stop all efforts to "annex" Ukraine's Crimea region, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday. G7 leaders, European Council head Hermann Van Rompuy "and I will in a new declaration call on Russia to cease all efforts to annex Ukraine's autonomous republic of Crimea," Barroso said in a tweeted message. "Together with other G7 leaders, Van Rompuy and myself have strongly and unequivocally condemned this action on behalf of the EU," Barroso said.

Head of EU executive Barroso hails Tymoshenko release

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Saturday welcomed the release of Ukraine's jailed pro-Western opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko and called for an independent legal system in the troubled country. "Welcome release of Tymoshenko. Independent justice system essential for a democratic Ukraine," Barroso said on his Twitter account. siu/gk/rmb

EU Chief Barroso says admitting breakaway states to EU 'extremely difficult'

LONDON (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Sunday it would be nearly impossible for the European Union to agree on granting membership to newly-formed states that elect to break away from an existing member country. Barroso's comments were made after he was asked if an independent Scotland would be welcome to join the EU, although he said he did not want to comment specifically on that scenario. Scotland is due to hold a referendum on independence in September.

EU chief Barroso tells UK: Don't turn your back on Europe

By Julia Fioretti and Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told Britain on Friday to engage with the European Union rather than turn its back on it, saying London should fight to try to change the things it doesn't like. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to try to renegotiate Britain's ties with the 28-nation bloc if re-elected next year and to offer Britons an in/out referendum on EU membership by late 2017.

EU's Barroso warns Ukraine of 'possible actions'

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso on Wednesday called for an end to violence in Ukraine and warned the authorities that the EU executive would assess "possible actions". Barroso voiced "shock" over the deaths of two pro-EU protestors and "deplored" the use of violence. "We will continue to follow closely these developments as well as assessing possible actions by the European Union and consequences for our relations with that country," he said. ccr/dh

EU's Barroso hails Mongolia's transformation on historic visit

European Commission (EC) President Jose Manuel Barroso on Sunday hailed Mongolia's transformation from Soviet satellite to economic and democratic dynamo on a historic trip to the resource-rich country. Barroso, making the first visit to Mongolia by an EC president, expressed admiration for what he called its "remarkable achievements" in economic growth, democratic progress and the rule of law. The visit marked a "historic day in relations between the EU and Mongolia", he said at a press conference with Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj.

EU's Barroso urges Germany to act on euro imbalances

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso urged Germany on Tuesday to do more to address economic imbalances in the euro zone by opening up its services market and allowing wages to rise at a faster pace. In a speech in St. Paul's Church in Frankfurt, the seat of the first democratically-elected parliament in Germany, Barroso said Germany had "homework" to do to ensure stability in the currency bloc, borrowing one of Chancellor Angela Merkel's favorite terms for prodding reform in the struggling south.

EU's Barroso urges Europe to complete banking union

By Claire Davenport STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso declared on Wednesday that economic recovery was within sight after nearly four years of Europe's debt crisis and urged governments to move faster to complete a stalled banking union.

Barroso defends EU crisis response, looks to 2014 vote

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso defended Wednesday the measures taken to tame the debt crisis, putting eurosceptics on notice ahead of EU elections next year. Barroso said the European Union "fought back" as member states realised they had to act together to get through the 2008 global financial crisis and then the debt crisis and economic slump which followed. "What matters now is what we make of what we have achieved," he told the European Parliament in the last "state of the union" address of his term as head of the EU's executive arm.

Barroso defends EU crisis response, looks to 2014 elections

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso defended Wednesday the tough measures taken to tame the debt crisis, putting eurosceptics on notice ahead of EU elections next year. Barroso said the European Union "fought back" as member states realised they had to act together to get through the 2008 global financial crisis and then the debt crisis and economic slump which followed. "What matters now is what we make of what we have achieved," he told the European Parliament in the last "state of the union" address of his term as head of the EU's executive arm.
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