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In an unprecedented half-hour live broadcast on euronews the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, has responded to questions from the public, relayed by I-talk’s Alex Taylor.

Alex Taylor:

“Let’s go to the first video question from Belgium.”

“Mr Barroso, do you feel responsible in anyway for the economic mess that we are seeing in the EU at the moment?”

Jose Manuel Barroso :

“I did not create this but of course I feel responsible for the way we are dealing with it and we are making every effort we can.”

Alex Taylor:

Has the European Commission got its response wrong?”

Jose Manuel Barroso:

“We are doing everything to solve it but it’s not easy between 17 countries in the euro area, and with 27 countries in the EU. I think we are making some progress but frankly I would like to have progressed faster because parliaments and governments are much slower than markets.”

For the full interview with José Manuel Barroso, click here

Banks were at the start of the financial crisis back in 2008, and they are in the spotlight again today, with the markets putting great pressure on Europe’s banks in particular. Predictably, the public had questions on this.

Jose Manuel Barroso:

“We are now proposing to the member states to have a coordinated action to recapitalize banks and so to get rid of toxic assets they may have.”

Alex Taylor:

“Where do you see the euro in 10 years? It’s a question a lot of people are asking.”

Jose Manuel Barroso :

“Stronger of course. So far, many members want to join the euro, no one wants to quit the euro.”

The full question-and-answer session will be rebroadcast later tonight on euronews, and will be available on the euronews.net and YouTube Worldview websites.