José Manuel Barroso

EU fails to adapt to borderless world

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Photo: AFP

I do not entirely follow the reasoning of this notable hot-air merchant. If the European Union truly has evidence that its citizens, personal or corporate, defraud it of €1 trillion a year, why do its law-enforcement agencies not take action?

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 4:35am 6 comments

Cyprus approves first EU bailout measures as clock ticks

Cypriot government spokesman Christos Stylianides announces emergency measures in Nicosia. Photo: Xinhua

The Cyprus parliament finally gave its approval early on Saturday to the first two of eight measures hammered out by the government in a desperate bid to rescue an EU bailout ahead of a Monday deadline.

23 Mar 2013 - 5:56am

US-EU trade deal can serve as a global benchmark

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Photo: AFP

Multilateral agreements best serve the interests of world trade. But they can be hard to reach, as the drawn-out Doha trade round reminds us. Frustration with lack of progress spawns bilateral free-trade deals, which are better than nothing but promote two-way trade at the cost of trade ties with other nations.

19 Feb 2013 - 5:03am

Single supervisor for euro-zone banks, but no start date

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (left) and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels. Photo: Reuters

European leaders took a step towards creating a single supervisor for thousands of euro-zone banks from next year but refused to pin down a start date.

20 Oct 2012 - 10:53am

Talking points

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C.Y. Leung embarks on tour of troubled waters

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Every night I sweated through at least two or three T-shirts

Former taipan John Hung, who spent 16 months in jail, describing what a summer in Stanley Prison is like

We cannot block the water forever

Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's sombre warning that Bankok's sluice gates must be opened to relieve floodwaters

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

EU decision is a 'political issue'

The European Union's refusal to grant China market economy status is politically motivated, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

11 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Political reforms critical to social stability, says EC chief

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has urged Beijing to introduce political reforms, saying democracy and civil liberties are the key to sustained economic growth and long-term social stability.

He also urged Chinese leaders to begin a dialogue with the government in Taiwan before the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

16 Jul 2005 - 12:00am