18 June 2009 10:58 [Source: ICIS news]
BRUSSELS (ICIS news)--European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso confirmed in a letter to EU leaders on Thursday that he will stand for a second term with the aim of creating “an open, competitive and prosperous Europe”.
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However, the EU should refuse all forms of economic protectionism, he said.
Barroso must win the support of EU leaders and the European Parliament to secure a second term.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy and German chancellor Angela Merkel have already underlined their support for Barroso, although they would like him to take a more protectionist line.
He also has the backing of the European People's Party (EPP), the centre-right majority bloc in the parliament .
However, both Martin Schulz, leader of the Parliament’s Socialist group, and Green leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit have argued for a new EU leader.
“We must stop Barroso,” said Cohn-Bendit. “President Barroso's policies have failed the economy, the environment and democracy.”
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