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Barroso Ups Ante with European Parliament

Incoming Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso has decided to keep his controversial new team of Commissioners exactly the way it is - increasing the risk of the whole team being voted down by MEPs next week.

Incoming Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso has decided to keep his controversial new team of Commissioners exactly the way it is - increasing the risk of the whole team being voted down by MEPs next week. Following a meeting with the leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament on Thursday, Barroso asked, "is it reasonable to make a Commission fall because two or three Commissioners are not satisfactory?" He told MEPs that he would keep Rocco Buttiglione -- the Italian Commissioner under fire for his conservative views on gays and women -- in the justice and home affairs portfolio. He said he would set up a team of Commissioners, which he would personally chair, to make sure there is no discrimination on the grounds of gender or sexual orientation in the Commission's policies.(EUobserver.com)

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