Jose Manuel Barroso

Outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso is watched by photographers as he reads in his papers on the second day of plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,

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Outgoing European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, is watched by photographers as he reads his papers on the second day of plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso pose for a family picture during an EU summit focused on the common security, Defence policy and Economic and Monetary union, in Brussels on December 19, 2013. The European Union took a historic leap towards greater integration just hours ahead of a summit today, with a deal on a banking union to prevent a re-run of the eurozone's recent crisis.

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Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades, German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission president José Manuel Barroso pose for a picture during an EU summit focused on common security, defence policy and economic and monetary union, in Brussels on Thursday. The EU took a historic leap towards greater integration, with a deal on a banking union to prevent a re-run of the eurozone’s recent crisis.