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Parliamentary vote positions continue to shift on Barroso Commission

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Parliamentary vote positions continue to shift on Barroso Commission


Graham Watson is the leader of the Liberals, the pivotal third force in parliament: “I will advise my colleagues to vote in favour of the new commission but I have fears that I will not take more than 50% with me, because, for the reasons I have outlined, I think some believe that the parliament will grow in stature by defeating the commission.”

Monica Frassoni is the co-president of the Greens, who have been talking about voting against the new college. She said: “I think the debate was very constructive in that it will develop in Europe. The Greens are convinced that even in Italy this will relaunch discussion of equal rights for homosexuals and women.” Barroso can count on the support of the conservatives, the biggest group in the parliament, led by Hans-Gert Poettering: “The configurations are never the same in taking decisions, they are always taken by different majorities, always depending on the subject under discussion; the political opinions are always different.” Buttiglione, a staunch Roman Catholic picked to be in charge of justice, was rejected by the parliamentary civil liberties committee over his views on gays and women.
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