EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso has been meeting the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt ahead of his country’s EU presidency, beginning in July.
Barroso has declared he is a candidate to succeed himself for a second five-year term in the job. “He has the support based upon five years experience of him as a very thorough, a very good leader in pushing the processes inside European Union. There are some criticisms very often asking him to do things which I do not believe should be core business in European Union,” said Reinfeldt. Reinfeldt added he thought Barrosso should be given a full mandate straight away, but it is the European parliament that will decide that, and the power struggle has already begun there over the succession following Sunday’s European elections, which strengthened the right, Barroso’s main backers. He obtained an endorsement from Germany’s Angela Merkel on Tuesday at a Berlin press conference, and for the moment is the only declared candidate.