Barroso: Europe 'has to be ever more democratic'

European Commission president Jose Manual Barroso is giving his "state of the union" speech where he will set out his vision for the future of the EU. He said:

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#Europe cannot be technocratic, bureaucratic or diplomatic. It has to be ever more democratic #SOTEU

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Previous generations have overcome bigger challenges. Now it is for this generation to show they are up to the task #SOTEU

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Europe has a soul. This soul can give us the strength and the determination to do what we must do #SOTEU

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Germany passes EU bailout fund

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