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José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, speaks at LSE on development and aid

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José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, gave a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science today (Friday 20 May). 

Addressing a packed theatre of over 450 LSE students, staff and members of the public, he spoke on Response and Responsibility: the global partnership for aid and development. 

In explaining why he had chosen to speak on aid and development, José Barroso said: 'I am a European who wants to focus on Africa. My message to you is that Europeans must focus on, and act in, the wider world. That is the kind of Europe which I, as the president of the Commission, want. 

'An open Europe. A generous Europe, which spreads its drive and determination for change beyond its borders. A Europe which engages with the world, rather than trying to avoid it. I believe that this is a message which can rally all Europeans, whether in France, Spain or Poland - all across our Continent. In doing so, we as Europeans can get a clearer perspective on our own problems.'

José Barroso went on to outline the problems facing Africa today and explained why Africa must be a flagship issue for Europe and for the European Commission. He then detailed the current European aid efforts relating to aid and development and the Commission's proposals for the future. 

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Channel 4 News 
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Guardian
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CNN
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Washington Times
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Forbes
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Scotsman
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Malaysia Star, Malaysia
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Los Angeles Times, US
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BBC News Online
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Also mentioned: CBC Canada, Business Week, Zaman Online, World Peace Herald, Epolitix, and regional dailies

20 May 2005

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