FORA.tv Speaker - Jose Manuel Barroso
Jose Manuel Barroso is the 12th president of the European Commission. A graduate of the University of Lisbon law school he subsequently moved to Geneva where he earned a diploma in European studies and a master's of political science at the University of Geneva. Mr. Barroso's political career began in 1980 when he joined the Portuguese Social Democratic Party and in 1999 he was named president, which was reaffirmed in three subsequent elections. During this same period, he served as Vice President of the European Peopleâ€™s Party. In 1985, Mr. Barroso was named under-secretary of state in the Ministry of Home Affairs and in 1987 was promoted to the position of secretary of state for foreign affairs and cooperation, where he remained for five years. In 1992, he held his second term as minister of foreign affairs and served in this capacity until 1995. In April 2002, Mr. Barroso was elected prime minister of Portugal where he served until 2004, when he was named president of the European Commission. His academic career includes work as a teaching assistant at the University of Lisbon, the University of Geneva, and as a visiting professor at Georgetown University, Wahsington, DC; Roger Williams University, Rhode Island; and University of Genoa, Italy. In addition, he has received honorary degrees from the University of Kobe and Sapienza University in Rome.
03.26.10 | 00:43:25 min
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