March 27, 2014
by William Helbling
Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a press release today urging EU leaders to publicly raise concerns about the diminishing support for human rights issues in China under President Xi Jinping. HRW has taken action by writing letters to EU top officials Jose Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy ...[read more]
July 13, 2012
by Jamie Reese
President of the European Commission (EC) Jose Manuel Barroso on Thursday urged Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta to respect the full independence of the judiciary by restoring the powers of the Constitutional Court of Romania. Since the court last week approved the vote to suspend President ...[read more]
January 17, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso announced Tuesday that the Commission will legally challenge three Hungarian laws. The laws, passed last month in conjunction with Hungary's new constitution, are viewed by Barroso and the Commission as violations of EU law. First, the Commission ...[read more]
December 10, 2011
by Jaimie Cremeans
The Croatian government signed a treaty Friday to finalize its accession into the European Union. Croatia will now officially become the twenty-eighth member of the EU in 2013. The signing ceremony consisted of speeches by leaders of the EU and Croatia, as well as signing of the treaty by the 27 ...[read more]
October 16, 2011
by Dan Taglioli
The head of the European Commission (EC) Sunday announced plans to propose criminal sanctions for wrong-doers in the financial sector. In an interview-format article published over the weekend, EC President Jose Manuel Barroso stated that during the coming week he will propose to introduce into ...[read more]
October 10, 2009
by Christian Ehret
Poland ratified the European Union (EU) reform pact known as the Lisbon Treaty on Saturday, becoming the 26th country to do so. Before signing the agreement, Polish President Lech Kaczynski expressed confidence that the treaty would be successful. European Commission president Jose Manuel ...[read more]
October 3, 2009
by Christian Ehret
Ireland approved the European Union (EU) reform treaty, known as the Lisbon Treaty, in a second referendum vote held Friday, the European Commission announced Saturday. The vote, which amends Ireland's constitution, was approved by approximately 67 percent of voters, according to an official ...[read more]
September 25, 2009
by Abigail Salisbury
Amelia Mathias, Pitt Law '11, attended a speech given by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the University of Pittsburgh on Thursday...Accompanied by his wife, Margarita, and staff, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso came to the University of Pittsburgh ...[read more]
February 7, 2009
by Steve Czajkowski
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso noticeably irritated Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at a joint news conference held in Moscow Friday when Barroso commented on apparent human rights violations in Russia. Barroso's comments on talks that had taken place earlier with ...[read more]
January 13, 2009
by Jay Carmella
European Commission (EC) President Jose Manuel Barroso on Monday said that the commission needs to see more results from Romania's effort to fight corruption and reform the judiciary, during a press conference with Romanian President Traian Basescu and Prime Minister Emil Boc. Romania is ...[read more]

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