EU Austerity Dispute How Barroso Let His Opinion Slip

European Commission President Barroso has mostly stayed in the background in the euro crisis, but his assertion this week that austerity has "reached its limits" caused quite a stir. It was an unusually opinionated statement -- and one that came after the Portuguese official's national pride was questioned.
Barroso made waves on Monday by suggesting that austerity has "reached its limits."

Barroso made waves on Monday by suggesting that austerity has "reached its limits."

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