A second term – but at what price?

The European Parliament yesterday approved the appointment of José Manuel Barroso for a second term as president of the European Commission. We look at who gained what during the trial of strength between Barroso and the Parliament.

In the end, José Manuel Barroso had to make few concessions to win the backing of a majority of MEPs for a second term as European Commission president. The greatest sacrifice he made was the time and energy he invested in drawing up his policy guidelines and appearing in front of the groups to convince them to support him. 

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