Jose Manuel Barroso got a bit tetchy recently. Specifically during the debate following his state of the union address on 11 September. Delivering his thoughts on the current and future position of the EU to an audience of MEPs at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, those thoughts did not go down wholly well.

It’s not that the commission president is entirely devoid of supporters, it is just that the whole enterprise had an end of term feel about it, a concrete realisation that all is abou...

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