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Will Barroso fall victim to the global economic crisis? And Silvio Berlusconi accidentally talks sense, but soon recovers

By Manneken Pis   April 2009

Will Barroso join the ranks of the jobless?

José Manuel Barroso, the European commission president, often stresses his concern at the rise in Europe’s unemployment rate. But now he is starting to worry that he too could join the ranks of the jobless. Until recently Barroso’s nomination for a second term as president was taken for granted, since he had the backing of the EU’s centre-right bloc, the EPP, plus some non-conservative heads of state like Gordon Brown. But suddenly Barroso is in trouble, thanks to deteriorating relations with French president Nicolas Sarkozy (see Brussels diary, March 2009).

After Barroso’s…

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