Keyword: José Manuel Barroso
Commission says reform programme unveiled by President François Hollande in January had 'insufficient' detail to match its ambitions.
The revelation that the United States has been spying on European Union offices in America – and possibly in Brussels too – has sparked outrage across the continent. French president François Hollande has called for an 'immediate' end to such snooping and he and others have suggested the scandal could affect the imminent negotiations over transatlantic trade. There have also been calls from the Right and Left in France for Paris to offer the whistleblower Edward Snowden political asylum. However, as Ludovic Lamant and Stéphane Alliès report, the reaction from EU leaders in Brussels to the affair has so far been much more restrained.
Trade minister Nicole Bricq said Jose Manuel Barroso was a poor choice for the job and had achieved nothing in his term of office.
Accused of fuelling far-right nationalism, Commission boss says French politicians should not use EU as a scapegoat for their own problems.