Thursday, July 15, 2004


The former Portuguese prime minister José Manuel Durão Barroso is interviewed in today's Hufvudstadsbladet, as he's likely to be elected president of the European Commission. Towards the end of the article, the reporter Marit Ingves writes: "Barroso is already keeping in touch with the governments of the different countries [in EU] and he says that he's disappointed in them. He's working on getting more women working in the Commission but obviously in vain.
- When I discuss this matter I'm answered: yes, but you yourself is not a woman."
If this is true, and he's cited correctly, then it is the most stupid argument I've heard in a very long time. According to some member states in the EU, there's no need for women working in the Commission because the president is a man! I'm not sure whether to burst into laughter or tears.

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