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EU's Barroso to visit Colombia, Panama

BRUSSELS, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- The President of the European Commission (EC) Jose Manuel Barroso will begin a visit to Colombia and Panama on Thursday, it was announced Monday. "This is the first time a president of the EC visits Colombia," said a press release. During his one-day visit to Bogota, Barroso will meet with the Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon "to discuss the recent implementation of the EU-Colombia Trade Agreement, the solidarity and support of the EU to the peace of Colombia and the future of bilateral relations in the global context."

EU's Barroso to visit Lampedusa on Wednesday: Italian PM

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso on Wednesday will visit the Italian island of Lampedusa, where more than 300 African asylum-sekeers are feared to have died in a shipwreck tragedy last week. "We have asked the Euroepan Commission president Barroso to come and see for himself. I can tell you on Wednesday morning he will visit Lampedusa," Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Sunday. dt/lc

French minister says Barroso useless after row with EU

A French minister said Friday that Jose Manuel Barroso had achieved nothing as European Commission chief, in the latest attack in a bitter war of words between Paris and Brussels. Asked if she thought Barroso had been a bad choice for the job, Trade Minister Nicole Bricq told LCI television: "I think so. I think he has done nothing during his term." Harlem Desir, the head of France's ruling Socialist party, said the commission "ran contrary to the European dream," adding that the tiff between France and the body would run "until the next European elections are held."

French minister says Barroso useless as EU commission boss

A French minister said Friday that Jose Manuel Barroso had achieved nothing as European Commission chief, in the latest attack in a bitter war of words between Paris and Brussels. Asked if she thought Barroso had been a bad choice for the job, Trade Minister Nicole Bricq told LCI television: "I think so. I think he has done nothing during his term." The row has its roots in France's bid to protect the European film and television industry from Hollywood dominance in free-trade talks with the United States, but has escalated into a broader dispute over the European project.

EU reaches political deal on 2014-2020 budget

The European Commission and the European Parliament leadership reached a deal on the trillion-euro budget for the next seven years.

EU's Barroso hits back at France in culture row

European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso on Monday accused France of using Europe as a "scapegoat" for troubles at home in an increasingly bitter spat over the defence of European culture in trade talks with the United States. "It would be good if some politicians understood that they will not get very far by attacking Europe and trying to turn it into a scapegoat for their problems," Barroso said in a blunt response to what he sees as an unfounded attack on the EU's role.

EU warns Bulgarian PM over protests

European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso called on Bulgaria's new prime minister to unify the EU's poorest country after days of protests over the appointment of a media mogul as state security chief. Plamen Oresharski, who has been in office for only three weeks, was in Brussels for talks just days after he was forced to apologise for the "mistake" which plunged the country into fresh political turmoil.
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