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EPP's Barnier comments on Barroso win

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Euronews: “Michel Barnier, head of the French delegation in the European People’s Party, Jose Manuel Barroso has just won a new five year mandate with an absolute majority of 382 votes… What do you think of it?”

Michel Barnier: “It’s not a blank cheque, it’s a contract of confidence, and, as I’ve said, a contract of European willingness. What’s going to happen in the coming five years cannot be like what’s happened in the past five years. There is a powerful, violent crisis, economic and financial, ecological, the most serious, a food crisis also. A billion people are dying of hunger in the rest of the world. We’re not getting out of this crisis the way we got into it, and the European Commission is going to have to learn lessons from this crisis, and propose how to fight it, through regulation, through governance,with European policies, and also a new programme of sustainable growth, green growth, for which it (the Commission) has to be the driving force. That’s what we’re calling for, and why we signed this contract of confidence with the Commission.”