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Politician José Manuel Barroso
Name : José Manuel Barroso (José Manuel Durão Barroso)
Born : March 23, 1956
Country : born Lisbon, Portugal
Lives : Belgium

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José Manuel Durão Barroso was born on the 23rd of March, 1956 in Lisbon, Portugal. Barroso has been the President of the European Commission since November 1, 2004. Barroso graduated from the University of Lisbon in Law and received an MSc in Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Geneva.

Barroso was the Prime Minister of Portugal from 6 April 2002 until the 29th of June 2004, before he took the position in the EU institution from the previous president of the European Commission Romano Prodi. Being the PM in Portugal, Barroso supported the United States of America's position in Iraq which provoked much protest within society and government.

Barroso started being active in politics in 1974 by joining the Carnation Revolution (25 April 1974) and being a member of the Social Democratic Party since 1980. Barroso was the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Portugal from 1992 to 1995. In the year 1999 Barroso was elected and gained the position of the president of the Social Democratic Party. Barroso became a member of the European Movement in 1991 which was a result of his interest in the EU, and by founding the University Association for European studies in the year 1979.

Barroso was appointed to be the President of the European Commission in June, 2004, and his Commission was approved by the European Parliament by 413 votes.

Barroso has received many awards, honors and recognition from his activity in politics and the science, such as the award for the Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 1993 and the Personality of the Year in 1991 by the Foreign Press Association in Portugal.

Barroso is married to Margarida Sousa Uva and has three children.

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